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Command Post What is this?
Posted on Jun 17, 2020
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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Patty Hayes, Ph.D.
Everyone --Thanks for all your questions and comments -- its been n fast moving hour but we are closing for today. we will check back in to cover the questions. The Women Veteran Call Center has Chat and phone AND IS OPEN weekdays 8 till 10pm EDT and Saturdays 8-630
Maj Jaquie Hayes-Byrd
Thank you for the opportunity to answer your questions yesterday and today. The Center for Women Veterans (CWV) is here to assist with all your questions and concerns. We can be reached at [login to see] .

Please visit our CWV website as well as follow us at our Facebook and Twitter pages for all information and future events for women Veterans.

CWV website: https://www.va.gov/womenvet/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/VAWomenVets
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VAWomenVets

Women Veterans Call Center at 855-VA-WOMEN
PO2 Jessica Cross
I would like to know when the VA is going to take the sexual harassment of female veterans by its staff and other veterans seriously. Going to the VA gives me panic attacks regularly because there’s a super high chance I will be harassed at a visit.

My ex-mental health care provider told me to deal with it because the men have to get used to us.

Do something.
Jennifer Strauss
Jennifer Strauss
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P02 Jessica Cross, we agree that all Veterans should feel welcome and secure coming to VA for care and are very sorry to hear of your experiences. VA is committed to ensuring a harassment-free healthcare environment and multiple campaigns are underway to uphold this commitment. Because you mentioned your experience of panic attacks, I want to specifically note that effective treatments for panic attacks are available. VA offers a full continuum of mental health services. If you are not comfortable receiving care in a mixed-gender environment, alternative options are available. Many VAs can provide care in a women-only setting. Individual treatment, telehealth and receiving care at a Vet Center are additional options. Your VA providers and care team will work with you to find a treatment approach that helps you to feel welcome, valued for your service, and comfortable receiving the care that you need and deserve.
PO2 Jessica Cross
PO2 Jessica Cross
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Patty Hayes, Ph.D. Respectfully, this doesn’t answer my comment at all.

We want to be treated with the same respect as the men, yet it’s the same response every time.

“Give us a chance”?

I’ve given y’all chances since 2008. Nothing. Has. Changed.
PO2 Jessica Cross
PO2 Jessica Cross
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Jennifer Strauss I asked my Mental health provider for a female only waiting room.

She told me she was opposed to it because them men needed to get used to the women.

How many men will be allowed to assault me in the waiting rooms before you actually do something other than gaslight us?

The panic attacks are being caused by the facility and their refusal to deal with the predators in the waiting rooms. Instead of overmedicating me and numbing me to assault, maybe the anti-female culture in VA needs addressing.
PO2 Jessica Cross
PO2 Jessica Cross
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Jennifer Strauss
Here’s the thing, the VA claims it wants us to be and feel safe. But we are not. Many women other than me have posted similar requests. The staff protects the male veterans and staff at all costs. No complaint is taken seriously. I should not have to carry drumsticks, a panic button, and a rape whistle just to go to the Dr.

If the VA actually wanted women to feel safe, they would make an effort. However, I have not seen anything other than empty words.

The truth of the matter is, the VA needs to do much better.

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