The number and percentage of women in the military service has grown, and the number of women veterans has grown
For more than 200 years, women have made tremendous sacrifices and overcome enormous odds to serve their county
bravely, and they've quietly gone home, but things are starting to change.
The Women Veterans Health Strategic Health Care Group promotes the health, welfare and dignity of women veterans and
their families by ensuring equitable access to timely and sensitive high-quality health care.
The VA Women Veterans Health Care Program was established in 1985. The Veterans Health Care Act of 1992 enabled VA to
dramatically improve its programs for women veterans, establishing state-of-the-art facilities and programs that focus
on women's health. This has created an environment that is committed to meeting the unique needs of women veterans by
delivering the highest quality health care to each woman, while offering her privacy, dignity and sensitivity to
gender-specific needs. This care is provided by an all female staff for women's safety and comfort.
The Albuquerque VA Medical Center's Women Veterans Health Services Clinic provides a full range of medical and mental
health-care services, including primary care, gynecology services, patient education, reproductive health care,maternity care, mammograms, cancer screenings, HIV testing, infertility evaluations and the MOVE program (Managing
Obesity in Veterans Everywhere). Screenings, counseling and treatment for sexual trauma, substance abuse,post-traumatic stress disorder and domestic violence also are provided in the women health services clinic.
You must be enrolled in the VA health-care system to receive benefits and services. You can enroll by visiting any VA
health-care facility or Veterans Benefits Office. You also can call the Albuquerque VA Medical Center's women veterans
program manager, Carole Donsbech, (800) 465-8262, ext. 2679, or (505) 265-1711, ext. 2679, for more information.
Memorial Day is May 31. Everyone is invited to attend the Memorial Day services starting at 10 a.m. at the Vietnam
Memorial in Durango and the Southern Ute Veterans Memorial Park in Ignacio. You don't have to be a veteran to honor and
remember our fallen heroes.
The American Legion and The Veterans of Foreign Wars in Durango will be hosting open houses after the services.
Everyone is invited, so come join the fun.
Richard Schleeter is the veterans service officer for the La Plata County Veterans Service Office. He can be reached at
759-0117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.