VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System
June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. VA welcomes all Veterans and is committed to providing high-quality, respectful care for LGBT Veterans and related identities, as well as their families.
LGBT Veterans are less likely to seek out routine health care, largely due to fear of discrimination. This can lead to long term health problems and higher rates of smoking, substance abuse, and suicide. VA believes in inclusiveness and is training staff to provide care to LGBT Veterans that is accepting and respectful. Every VA facility has an LGBT Veterans Care Coordinator (LGBT VCC) and Women Veterans Program Manager (WVPM) to ensure an inclusive and safe environment.
By choosing VA for their health care, LGBT Veterans have access to a safe and non-discriminatory environment that takes your unique needs into account. Routine medical visits and an open line of communication with your provider can improve the health and lives of LGBT Veterans. Veterans interested in learning more about VA's personalized care can connect with your nearest LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator by looking online, emailing VALGBTProgram@va.gov or locating their nearest VA Medical Center and asking for the Women Veterans Program Manager.
As noted by the Library of Congress, LGBT Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June. LGBT Pride Month is just one way that we can honor the struggles and achievements of the LGBT community, including the LGBT members of our Federal workforce and when we draw on the wisdom of a workforce recruited from all segments of society, we are better able to understand and meet the needs of our customers – the American people. Please join the Department of Veterans Affairs in celebrating LGBT Pride Month.