Women Veterans Quickstart Guide

Welcome to the Women Veterans Quickstart Guide. This is a starting point for information and resources for women service members and veterans.

This guide is intended for:

  • Women Service Members
  • Women Veterans
  • Family Members
  • A person who is helping one of the above

The following are resources specifically focused on assisting women service members, veterans and their families:

1. Contact your local VA for services specifically designed for women veterans: Each VA hospital in Arizona has a Women Veterans Program Manager that advises and advocates for women veterans. They provide high quality, gender-specific healthcare, delivered with dignity and sensitivity, in a safe and secure environment.

Links:

Phoenix Women Veterans Health Program | Call:  602-277-5551 Ext. 1-6764
Southern Arizona Women Veterans Health Program | Call: 520-792-1450 Ext. 5498
Northern Arizona Women Veterans Health Program | Call: 928-445-4860 Ext. 6688

2. Connect to information and events: The Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services has a Center for Women Veterans.

LinkADVS Women Veterans page (includes links to relevant info and organizations that engage, advocate for and serve women veterans)

3. Call the Women Veterans Call Center: The VA has a hotline for women veterans, their families and caregivers. 1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636). The agents who answer the calls can assist with eligibility, benefits, health care and other services. They can route calls within VA when needed.  The agents are trained to respond to crisis situations such as suicidal behavior, homelessness, sexual trauma, and domestic violence.

4. Read the Frequently Asked Questions about Women’s Health Care: Get the answers to these questions that are frequently asked like, “What benefits am I eligible for?” “Does the VA offer pregnancy care?” “How can I get help if I’m homeless?”

Link: Women Veteran FAQ’s

5. Listen to the Voices of Women Who Served: The VA has put together videos of real stories ranging from how women have made significant contributions to national safety and security to the ongoing challenges faced during their service and after returning to civilian life.

Link: Stories of Service

6. Learn more about Military Sexual Trauma and resources: Military Sexual Trauma (MST) is the term that the Department of Veterans Affairs uses to refer to sexual assault or sexual harassment that occurred while the veteran was in the military. It includes any sexual activity where someone is involved against his or her will. Both men and women can experience MST.

The VA’s national screening program indicates that 1 out of 5 women veterans responds yes when screened by a VA provider for MST.

Links:

Military Sexual Trauma brochure – English
Military Sexual Trauma brochure – Spanish
Top 10 Things Healthcare and service professionals should know about Military Sexual Trauma

View videos about veterans who have overcome Military Sexual Trauma: