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.
For Women Veterans, VA is Here
Women Veteran Program Managers are available at each VA Medical Center nationwide to assist women Veterans and coordinate services. Women Veterans who are interested in receiving care at VA should contact the nearest VA Medical Center.
Women Veterans are assigned to a designated Women’s Health Primary Care Provider who can provide general primary care and is specially trained or experienced in women’s care.
Whole Health - It's All About You
VA’s Whole Health System offers women Veterans proactive and personalized health care—empowering you to achieve your greatest level of health and well-being. Whole Health means the Whole You. From integrative health approaches like stress reduction, nutrition, and health coaching, to traditional clinical care and complementary health approaches—your journey to Whole Health starts here.
Proactive, integrative health approaches such as:
- Health coaching
- Mind-body therapies and stress reduction
- Nutrition and weight management
- Peer support and community resources
- Programs to stop smoking
- Physical therapy and chiropractic services
You will be at the center of a Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT). A provider, nurse, and others will engage with you to manage your health care.
- Primary care: includes general medical care for acute and chronic conditions, such as chronic pain, high blood pressure, and diabetes
- Preventive care: includes immunizations and cancer screenings, such as mammogram, Pap, and colonoscopy
- Gender-specific care
- Birth control
- Family planning and preconception counseling
- Maternity and newborn care (first 7 days after birth)
- Osteoporosis screening and management
Gynecology Health Services
Evaluation and treatment for:
- Abnormal Pap test
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Pelvic pain
- Gynecologic cancers
Evaluation, counseling, and treatment for:
- Depression, mood, and anxiety disorders
- Alcohol and drug use and addiction
- Coping with illness
- Intimate partner violence/sexual and domestic abuse
- Military sexual trauma (MST)
- Parenting and caregiver concerns
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Stress adjustment from deployment
- Management of chronic or complex conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and fibromyalgia, as well as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis
- Surgery programs available at most Medical Centers
- Rehabilitation, homebound, and long-term care VA referrals are given to those in need of rehabilitation therapies, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy
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.