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Women Veterans: Frequently Asked Questions

What services are available to women veterans?

A full continuum of comprehensive medical services including health promotion and disease prevention, primary care, women’s gender-specific health care e.g., hormone replacement therapy, breast and gynecological care, maternity and limited infertility (excluding In-vitro fertilization), acute medical/surgical, telephone, emergency and substance abuse treatment, mental health, domiciliary, rehabilitation and long term care. VA researchers at many VA facilities also conduct medical research on women’s health.
 

How do I access the system for services?

Veterans can apply for VA health care enrollment by completing VA Form 10-10EZ. The 10-10EZ may be obtained by visiting, calling or writing any VA health care facility or veterans’ benefits office. You can also call the VA Health Benefits Call Center toll-free at 877-222 VETS (877-222-8387) or access the form on the Internet at www.va.gov (click on on-line applications.)

How do I contact a coordinator for options for women veterans who are homeless with children?

Contact the local VA homeless coordinator (or point of contact), Social Work Services department, or Women Veterans Program Manager at your local VAMC. There are homeless women veteran and homeless women veterans with children pilot programs located at eleven designated VA facilities as well, and the Women Veterans Program Manager can discuss what options are available in your area.

Are there any VA medical facilities in the North Texas area and where are they located?

Yes there are three primary medical facilities and one community based clinic located in the North Texas area. The locations are as follows:

Dallas VA Medical Center
4500 S. Lancaster Rd.
Dallas, Texas 75216
Phone: 1-800-849-3597

Fort Worth Outpatient Clinic
2201 SE Loop 820
Fort Worth, Texas 76119
Phone: 1-800-443-9672

Sam Rayburn Memorial VA Center
1201 E. 9th St.
Bonham, Texas 75418
Phone: 1-800-924-8387

Denton Community Based Outpatient Clinic *
2223 Colorado Blvd.
Denton, Texas 76205
Phone: 940-891-6350
* Note: This facility is only available to veterans with at least a 10% service connected disability.
 

How and where do I find historical information on women veterans?

Contact the Women In Military Service for America Memorial (WIMSA) located at the gates of Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia at www.womensmemorial.org.

I have been turned down several times before for my service connected injuries and no one can help me.

This office understands the law under which the VA must operate, Title 38 Code of Federal Regulations. We apply the law in the interest of the veteran not the VA.

Are VA services authorized for women veterans who were involuntarily discharged from the military for pregnancy prior to May 1974? If not, how does one get this issue addressed?

The provision of health care services to veterans is established by certain eligibility criteria and discharge status requirements. To determine your eligibility for services contact your nearest VA health care facility.

What is the process of getting quality of care issues addressed?

Contact the Women Veterans Program Manager at your local health care facility (white pages under U.S. Government, Department of Veterans Affairs) or the Veteran Health Administration (VHA) Office of Women Veterans Health at (202) 273-8577 or the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Center for Women Veterans at (202) 273-6193.

How can the Veteran Services Office help me?

The Veteran Services Office serves veterans and their dependents with the filing of complex claims for the various benefits they are eligible to receive. The Service Officer holds numerous accreditations with a service organization and attend mandatory training conferences two times a year to stay abreast of the ever changing laws and regulations concerning veterans.

The advocacy doesn't stop after the filing of a claim. We continue to follow the progress of the claims process with the Veteran/Dependent throughout the often lengthy time it takes the VA to reach a decision.

How can I get gender specific services, including well woman exams, mammography, pre-natal and childcare?

Apply for VA health care enrollment by completing VA Form 10-10EZ. The 10-10EZ may be obtained by visiting, calling or writing any VA health care facility or veterans’ benefits office. You can also call toll-free 877-222 VETS (877-222-8387) or access the form on the Internet at www.va.gov/elig. The provision of health care to non-veteran children is limited to those instances where specific authority is given to VA by law. Contact your local VA health care facility and ask to speak with the Women Veterans Program Manager (white pages under U.S. Government, Department of Veterans Affairs).

What services are available to women veterans?

A full continuum of comprehensive medical services including health promotion and disease prevention, primary care, women’s gender-specific health care e.g., hormone replacement therapy, breast and gynecological care, maternity and limited infertility (excluding In-vitro fertilization), acute medical/surgical, telephone, emergency and substance abuse treatment, mental health, domiciliary, rehabilitation and long term care. VA researchers at many VA facilities also conduct medical research on women’s health.

How do I get evaluated for nursing home care?

If you have never been seen at a VA health care facility, you must first enroll for benefits. Then you must enroll in a primary care clinic and ask for an evaluation for nursing home care. The evaluation will be done either by the primary care provider or a geriatrics care team.

If I select a Service Organization as my representative, are there any charges or meetings I must attend?

Organizations selected to represent claimants before the VA must provide a statement that no charges, fees or gratuities will be charged or accepted. Membership in the organization or attendance at meetings is not required, but is permitted.

How do I enroll in the VA Medical System?

Visit any VA health care facility. Before you go to the facility ensure you have and bring with you your DD-214 (Military Discharge) showing the character of discharge. You may visit any FDVA office located in the VA Medical Centers or go to the VA "Enrollment Section" of the facility.

Will the VA fill my prescriptions from my private doctor?

You may bring the prescriptions to the VA if you are enrolled and if your Primary Health Care Provider agrees with the medications. He or she may provide you with a VA prescription for the medications.

NOTE: The VA physician may or may not agree with the need for these medications.

How do I get a clinic appointment when the waiting list is 6 months for an initial appointment?

If you experience an urgent or emergent medical condition you can contact your local VA health care facility telephone care program; visit their walk-in (urgent care) clinic or emergency room. Non-acute problems will be scheduled on a next available appointment basis.

Where can I get inpatient psychiatric care as a woman veteran?

Most VA Medical Centers have inpatient mental health programs. Contact your VA Primary Care Provider or the local Mental Health Program office for assistance. If you already have a therapist and need inpatient care, please discuss your concerns with your therapist. If you have urgent or emergent needs, you can contact your local VA health care facility telephone care program or urgent care clinic.

What happens in the case when a veteran has an obstetrics related emergency prior to enrolling?

If a women veteran is enrolled and we know she is pregnant, fee-basis care would have been authorized in advance. In the event of an obstetric emergency, she would go to the hospital and the hospital would be reimbursed for services provided under VA contract.

Eligible veterans are encouraged to enroll for VA health care as soon early as possible in the pregnancy to ensure that any maternity care provided by non-VA providers can be reimbursed.

Why doesn't the Veteran's Administration deliver babies?

DVA has no authority to provide care to the newborn infant. Local facilities will assist the veteran in accessing community resources. When the pregnant veteran has a total disability, permanent in nature, resulting from a service-connected disability, and the child is not otherwise eligible for medical care under the Civilian Health and Medical program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS), then newborn infant could receive care under Civilian Health and Medical Program of VA (CHAMPVA).