Welcome to the VAPAHCS LGBT Veteran Website!
Welcome home LGBT Veterans and thank you for your service! The VA Palo Alto Health Care System offers a variety of programs to create a health care system that is responsive to the particular needs of LGBT patients and staff by building upon the unique strengths of LGBT culture.
Resources for Veterans:
LGBT Veterans are invited to participate in an LGBT Veteran Support Group to meet other LGBT Veterans and enjoy a supportive environment to give and receive support from peers. For more information, please call group facilitators Heliana Ramirez, LISW, (650) 444-8586, or Gabriel Lonero, LCSW, (650) 493-5000 x28844.
LGBT Veteran Video Project:
LGBT Veterans who have experience with trauma, PTSD, and recovery are invited to participate in an innovative new video project to raise awareness among medical staff, LGBT and Veteran communities. For more information, view our flyer.
Resources for Staff:
LGBT VA staff and heterosexual allies are invited to participate in the LGBT Staff and Allies Special Emphasis Program of the Equal Employment Opportunity Office. The goals of this group are:
- to train VAPAHCS staff about LGBT Veteran Health Care and Policies,
- raise awareness about LGBT Veterans and staff at VAPAHCS,
- provide support and social opportunities for LGBT staff, and
- increase enrollment at VAPAHCS among LGBT Veterans and employment among LGBT staff.
For more information, read our brochure, or contact LGBTSA Program manager Heliana Ramirez, LISW, at (650) 444-8586.
LGBT Veteran Health Equity:
VAPAHCS is proud to join 100 other VA healthcare systems throughout the nation who are participating in the Human Rights Campaign's 2013 Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). Participation in the HEI consists of reporting healthcare systems' policies and trainings related to LGBT patients and employees and can result in a rating as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality. For more information, read the VHA HEI Memo.
You Are Not Alone
America is home to an estimated one million LGBT service members and Veterans, who have served the US military with honor and distinction.
With the recent repeal of 'Don’t Ask Don’t Tell' and federal agencies from the Pentagon to the VA observing Gay Pride Month, opportunities abound for new developments in LGBT Veteran health care. We hope you choose VAPAHCS and join our growing team of Veterans and staff to create an LGBT Veteran community and health care system in this exciting time of social advancement!
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