VA Palo Alto Health Care System
VAPAHCS Celebrates LGBT Veterans in June
There is an estimated one million Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and related-identity (LGBT) Veterans in America and with the current pandemic extending into Pride Month during June, VA Palo Alto Health Care System wants all our Veterans to know we are here for you.
While social distancing has cancelled many pride events and celebrations, our health care system is still making efforts to celebrate our LGBT Veteran community. This month we have replaced one of our screening checkpoint wristband colors with a rainbow design. We also have pride posters and welcoming messages on display as we begin to increase services and allow more face-to-face appointments.
However, caring for Veterans is a year-round effort. While the sexual identity and minority of our Veterans play no factor in health care eligibility, we know it plays a major role in the health care needs of LGBT Veterans. We want all our Veterans to be comfortable walking into our facilities and talking with VA providers about all aspects of their life. That is why VA has made great effort over the years to ensure LGBT Veterans are receiving the proper access and care they deserve, year-around.
These efforts have given way to many milestones, including the placement of LGBT Veteran Care Coordinators to ensure LGBT Veterans are receiving proper care and access to services, as well as maintaining the status of Health Equality Index Leaders in LGBT Healthcare at medical centers across the nation.
Learn more about available LGBT Veteran resources on our website!