South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS)
Women Veterans Program
South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) recognizes the importance of the contributions made by women Veterans in the service to their country and encourages eligible Veterans to utilize VA health care benefits.
A full range of health care services for female Veterans are available. These services include:
- 24/7 emergency health care
- Comprehensive Primary Health Care
- OB & GYN (includes infertility evaluation with limited treatment)
- Gender-specific health care and education (includes menopause management and hormone replacement therapy)
- Preventive health screenings (includes breast and cervical cancer screenings)
- Reproductive health care (includes contraception and maternity care)
- Osteoporosis evaluation and treatment
- Polytrauma Rehabilitation
- Spinal cord injury health care
- Prosthetic services
- Mental Health Services
- Counseling and treatment for sexual trauma and assault that occurred during military service
- PTSD and substance abuse treatment and counseling
- Post deployment readjustment counseling
- Homeless Veterans Program
- Vocational Rehabilitation Program
A full time Women Veterans Program Manager (WVPM) is available to assist women Veterans in the STVHCS. Please call the Women Veterans Program at (210) 617-5300 extension 16097 or 19449, weekdays 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., excluding federal holidays.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.