Benefits for Women Veterans
Veterans of the United States, both men and women, are entitled to certain benefits offered by the federal government. All service personnel qualify for these standard benefits, as long as they meet the specifications of a veteran. Some benefits are specifically targeted for women veterans. Comprehensively, the list of benefits for women veterans include:
- Primary care.
- Specialty care.
- Residential treatment.
- Mental health care.
- Reproductive health care services.
The VA facilities also provide management for women veterans in the case of acute and chronic illnesses, along with medical assistance for preventive care, menopause, contraceptive services and gynecological services. Additionally, women veterans receive comprehensive medical screenings for cancer.
Maternity Benefits for Women Veterans
Women veterans receive maternity care services through the medical benefits package of the VA. This package allows women veterans to obtain maternity care services from a certified nurse midwife, a family practitioner or an OB/GYN who provides pregnancy care. The VA package covers a newborn's cost of care for seven days after the birth. Additionally, the VA offers infertility evaluation and other limited treatments for women veterans. Female veterans can access all these health care services and benefits through the Women Veterans Program Managers found in all VA facilities.
Children of Vietnam Women Veterans Born With Birth Defects
Women veterans who served in Vietnam between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975 are eligible to access certain benefits, should they give birth to children with defects. These defects (physical or mental) should be deemed results of the woman's military service. The extent of disabilities covered are limited to those caused by military service in Vietnam. Women veterans with birth defects caused by inherited family disorders, fetal or neonatal infirmities or birth-related injuries with well-established causes are not qualified for birth-defect benefits. If a birth defect is a direct result of military service, a monetary allowance is always paid at one of the disability levels, and the amount is based on the degree of the child's permanent disability.
Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV)
Eligible women veterans have free use of the HCHV program when they need residential treatment or case management in the community. This program also provides outreach services to homeless women veterans who are not able to reach the VA facilities for assistance services.
Homeless Veterans Supported Employment Program (HVSEP)
HVSEP is another program created by the VA to assist veterans in obtaining employment and access to community-based vocational services. Women veterans can receive assistance for placement, employment and job development if they lack income-generating work or employability skills. The program is mainly tailored to improve employment outcomes among homeless and jobless veterans.
Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem program
The Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program is a special program that provides funds to non-profit community agencies that offer transitional housing services to homeless veterans. Homeless women veterans can use these agencies to obtain benefits and services from the VA such as education, crisis intervention, case management and counseling services. Homeless women veterans can be assisted through the VA to increase skill levels, income levels, residential stability, and to attain greater self-determination through the program.