Women Veterans often feel like they don't belong either in the military or out of the military in VA medical Centers.
Army reserve and combat Veteran Kate Hoit is one of them. "I can't tell you how many times I've been called 'Mr. Hoit' or was stopped while navigating my way through VA hospital halls," Hoit said. "For the record, I'm not lost. I have an appointment. I - we - belong here, too."
In addition to a lack of access to OB/GYNs at VAs, privacy of exam rooms, availability of prosthetics that fit women, childcare, and more are part of a new piece of legislation that if passed would support women Veterans.
Lawmakers outlined proposed reforms under the new Deborah Sampson Act, which is named for a woman who disguised herself as a man to join the Continental Army during the American Revolution. In part, the law would require every VA facility to maintain one primary care provider on staff who specializes in women's health. It also calls for $20 million to be spent on retrofitting VA medical centers to provide more services for women veterans who are treated there.