- National Call Center for Homeless Veterans. Free, confidential, and available 24/7. Connect with a trained staff member at 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838).
- Homeless Veterans Chat. If you’re a Veteran in crisis or concerned about someone else, use this chat service to find free, confidential support.
- Women Veterans Call Center. All representatives at the call center are women, and many are Veterans. Give them a call at 1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636) or chat online to learn about the service.
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“I Am Not Invisible,” a traveling photo exhibit featuring portraits and bios of 20 Oregon women veterans from diverse backgrounds and eras of service, is on display in the nation’s capitol this week. After its debut at the Portland Art Museum in February, “I Am Not Invisible” has been seen in various locations throughout Oregon, but this is the first time it’s traveled outside the state. The exhibit is on display this week only in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building, which is part of the U.S. Capitol Complex, in Washington, D.C. Sen. Jeff Merkley and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, who saw the exhibit in Oregon, were instrumental in bringing it to D.C. Read more at http://kval.com/veterans/photo-exhibit-featuring-oregon-women-veterans-on-display-in-the-us-capitol
Veterans Health Administration.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a new hotline — 1-855-VA-WOMEN — to receive and respond to questions from Veterans, their families and caregivers about the many VA services and resources available to women Veterans.
The hotline is staffed by knowledgeable VA employees who can provide information about benefits including health care services for women. Callers can be linked to information on claims, education or health care appointments as well as information about VA cemeteries and memorial benefits. Staff can answer urgent questions and provide referrals to homeless and mental health services as well as provide Vet Center information.
Women Using VA Health Care Doubled Since 2000
Women make up nearly 15 percent of today’s active duty military and 18 percent of National Guard and Reserve forces. The population of women Veterans using VA benefits including health care is growing rapidly. Since 2000, the number of women using VA health care more than doubled, from 160,000 in 2000 to more than 354,000 in 2012. Based on the upward trend of women serving in all branches of service, the number of women Veterans — female VA users — will keep climbing.
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VA is committed to making improvements for the growing population of women Veterans, including the way it communicates with them. In 2010, VA established an outbound call center to contact women Veterans and encourage them to enroll in VA health care.
“In VA health care alone, women constitute only 6 percent of VA patients, but those Veterans have a high perception of the quality care they are receiving,” said Irene Trowell-Harris, director of VA’s Center for Women Veterans.
“Many women who served don’t self-identify as Veterans and therefore don’t think they qualify for VA benefits. We need to correct existing misinformation and misperceptions so we can provide more women Veterans with the benefits they’ve earned.”
Women Veterans Eligible for Many Benefits
Women Veterans are entitled to apply for the same benefits as their male counterparts, which include health care and pharmacy benefits as well as education benefits, disability compensation, home loans, employment assistance and more.
“Some women Veterans may not know about high-quality VA care and services available to them,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “The hotline will allow us to field their questions and provide critical information about the latest enhancements in VA services.”
The hotline (1-855-VA-WOMEN) joins numerous other VA hotlines that provide critical information and assistance to Veterans, such as those for Veterans in crisis and in danger of becoming homeless. Veterans can also receive information and apply for benefits online at VA’s www.eBenefits.va.gov and manage their health care at MyHealtheVet.va.gov.
Secretary David J. Shulkin has established Veteran suicide prevention as VHA’s highest clinical priority. We must reach out to and engage all Veterans at risk of suicide, whether they receive VA or community healthcare.
We can all play a role in preventing suicide, but many people don’t know what they can do to support the Veteran or Servicemember in their life who is going through a difficult time. A simple act of kindness can help someone feel less alone.
#BeThere. Your actions could help save a life.
As part of your community, you can help a Veteran who may be at risk for suicide. You don’t need special training to safely talk about suicide risk or show genuine concern for someone in crisis.
If you are a Veteran or Servicemember or want to support a Veteran or Servicemember visit https://www.
Suicide is preventable and when everyone understands their role in preventing suicide, we can all #BeThere to save Veteran lives.
Visit www.womenshealth.va.gov to access additional information, materials, and resources for women Veterans.
In 2015, women Veterans represented more than 10% percent of the total U.S. Veteran population. At each VA Medical Center nationwide, a Women Veterans Program Manager is designated to advise and advocate for women Veterans. She can help coordinate all the services you may need, from primary care to specialized care for chronic conditions or reproductive health. Woman Veterans who are interested in receiving care at VA should contact the nearest VA Medical Center and ask for the Women Veterans Program Manager. The VA is dedicated to providing the best health care services to women veterans, including comprehensive primary care as well as specialty care such as reproductive services, rehabilitation, mental health, and treatment of military sexual trauma. Visit the Women Veterans Health Care site for more information. https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/womenvets.asp