Connecting Women Vets to Healthcare


By Eva Barrows

Women Veterans Alliance CEO and Founder Melissa Washington guest hosted the March “Women Vets” episode of Veterans Helping Veterans. Through her work with veterans, Washington has found many women veterans are not taking advantage of all the benefits available to them. Some women who served don’t identify themselves as being a “vet” or are unaware of what resources are available. Washington urges viewers to find out what benefits they are qualified for by connecting with county veteran services.

Acting Women Veterans Program Manager at VA Palo Alto, Elizabeth Zimmerman talks about her role at the VA and the healthcare they provide. Zimmerman is an advocate for women as she works to identify issues and find solutions. She ensures high quality, personalized and timely care is available for women vets. VA Palo Alto has a dedicated women’s health center and eight community-based clinics providing the full range of healthcare including primary care, mental health, oncology care and more. Zimmerman appeals to women to not put their personal care last, to routinely monitor and take care of health issues.

In the last part of the show, Washington shares two occasions the women veteran community is celebrating. The Department of Veteran Affairs is honoring 15 women vets in the 2019 Women Breaking Barriers, a commemoration for their commitment to leadership. Washington is among the women being honored by the VA and will have her portrait along with the other honorees on display at VA hospitals. The Women Veterans Alliance is getting ready for its 3-day “Unconference” coming up in October in Monterey. Women vets get connected to career opportunities, higher education, and to each other.

More information on Women’s Health benefits can be found at:
Women Veterans Call Center
1.855.VA.WOMEN
www.womenshealth.va.gov

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