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Women Veterans

Women Veterans Health Program provides high quality medical health services to women Veterans which includes; Primary Care, Preventive Health Screenings including Breast and Cervical Cancer screens, Gender Specific Care, Reproductive Health Care including Maternity Care, Osteoporosis Evaluation and Treatment. VA is also committed to assist women Veterans with a wide range of mental health and psychological services such as Sexual Trauma Counseling (MST), Substance Abuse Treatment, Evaluation and Treatment for PTSD, Programs for Homeless Veterans, Programs for victims of Domestic Violence and Vocational Rehabilitation Programs.

CTVHCS offers Comprehensive Care (primary and gender specific care in one visit) to women Veterans at all locations including CBOC’s. We have a separate women’s health clinic at the Temple, Austin and Waco sites. GYN specialty care is also available at these locations. Digital Mammography is available at the Temple and Austin sites. If you live over 50 miles away from the Temple site, CTVHCS will pay for you to have a mammogram at a local facility near your place of residence.
 
To make an appointment, please contact:
Austin Women’s Health Clinic: 1-512-823-4022
Temple Women’s Health Clinic: 1-800-423-2111, ext. 40441
Waco Women’s Health Clinic: 1-800-423-2111, ext. 53493
(Please note that all calls are routed through the Specialty Line, please request to be transferred to the Women’s Center)

Did you know that women are the fastest growing group within the Veteran population? Learn more about the changing face of women Veterans and what the VA is doing to meet their health care needs.

Did you know that…

About one in five women and one in 100 men have told their VA provider that they experienced sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment while in the military?
Because of the disproportionate ratio of men to women in the military, there are about comparable numbers of men and women that have experienced military sexual trauma (MST)?
Treatment for all mental and physical health conditions related to MST is free?
Veterans may be eligible for free MST-related care even if they are not eligible for other VA care?

MST Coordinators:

Kaitlan Gibbons, PsyD 254-743-0390 Temple & Waco
Andriana Bustamante, LCSW 512-823-4258 Austin

For more information, visit the Women's Trauma Recovery Center to contact this facility’s MST Coordinator

or visit the MST Homepage at http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/msthome.asp 

Our Women Veterans Program Manager advises and advocates 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. VA health care for women Veterans includes:

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Primary Care

  • General care includes health evaluation and counseling, disease prevention, nutrition counseling, weight control, smoking cessation, and substance abuse counseling and treatment as well as gender-specific primary care, such as cervical cancer screens (Pap smears), breast cancer screens (mammograms), birth control, preconception counseling, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, menopausal support (hormone replacement therapy).
  • Mental health includes evaluation and assistance for issues such as depression, mood, and anxiety disorders; intimate partner and domestic violence; sexual trauma; elder abuse or neglect; parenting and anger management; marital, caregiver, or family-related stress; and post-deployment adjustment or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Women-and men as well-may experience repeated sexual harassment or sexual assault during their military service. Special services are available to women who have experienced MST. VA provides free, confidential counseling and treatment for mental and physical health conditions related to MST. More information is available about MST from the national Women Veterans Health Care program and the VHA Office of Mental Health.

Specialty Care

  • Management and screening of chronic conditions includes heart disease, diabetes, cancer, glandular disorders, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia as well as sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. Reproductive health care includes maternity care, infertility evaluation and limited treatment; sexual problems, tubal ligation, urinary incontinence, and others. VA is prohibited by legislative authority from providing either in-vitro fertilization or abortion services.
  • Rehabilitation, homebound, and long-term care. VA referrals are given to those in need of rehabilitation therapies such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, exercise therapy, recreational therapy, and vocational therapy. Homebound and long-term care services are available as well, limited to those meeting specific requirements.

Contact

Ann M. Blunt, RN
Women Veterans Program Manager
Temple
254-743-0441

Minerva Garcia
Women Veterans Outreach Specialist
Austin
512-653-6854

Kimberly Kinerd
Women Veterans Outreach Specialist
254-297-3515

Vivian Minns
Primary Care Social Worker
Temple
254-899-7498

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Women Veterans Call Center: 1-855-VA-WOMEN