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Senator Coons Applauds VA's Effort to Expand Health Care for Female Veterans

Press Release

Location: Wilmington, DE

U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) visited the Wilmington Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) this afternoon to participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the facility's new Specialty Care, OEF/OIF & Women Veterans Clinic. The primary focus of the new clinical addition is on providing health care tailored to meet the needs of female veterans, one of the fastest-growing segments of the veteran population.

"As a nation, we have a responsibility to address the health and well-being of our veterans, who have put themselves in harm's way defending our freedom," Senator Coons said. "The women who serve in our armed forces are just as courageous, dedicated, and capable as their male counterparts, and deserve the same level of health services. When it comes to medical care, however, there are some considerations that must be taken into account that most VA centers aren't prepared for. These new facilities will provide our female veterans with a wide range of health care services and access to state-of-the-art medical equipment. I applaud the leadership of the state and the VA in addressing the needs of female veterans."

The new third-floor facility provides more than 9,000 square feet of patient care space, including triage and examination rooms with patient lifts, a gynecological procedure room, telemedicine services, and a child-friendly waiting room.

Female veterans will receive primary and gender-specific care such as gynecological care; initial maternity and infertility evaluation and treatment; menopausal and osteoporosis care; women's health cancer screening; military sexual trauma; parenting counseling; violence and abuse and alcohol and drug dependence.

Also unveiled by the Wilmington VAMC today were facilities for comprehensive and integrated mental health services, including: psychiatry, psychology services, post traumatic stress services, psychological assessment, substance abuse treatment, smoking cessation, suicide prevention, military sexual trauma and other modalities.

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