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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

MOPH National Commander Pat Little, Supports the
"Women Veterans Access to Quality Care Act"

The Honorable Patty Murray       
154 Senate Russell Building       
Washington, DC 20510   

The Honorable Dean Heller
324 Senate Hart Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senators Murray and Heller:

On behalf of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), I would like to thank you for introducing legislation that recognizes the unique health care needs of women veterans.  S. 471, "Women Veterans Access to Quality Care Act", will ensure that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adapts to meet the needs of the expanding women veteran population.

This legislation will require the VA to establish standards in VA facilities to meet the specific needs of women veterans.  It will also require every VA medical center to have a full-time obstetrician and/or a gynecologist on staff.  It will improve the outreach of the VA to women veterans and the VA will be required to analyze the outcomes of the treatment of women veterans as part of  VA executive performance measures.

The VA, and indeed all agencies, must recognize that the number of women veterans is growing at a rapid rate and agencies must adjust to the needs of women veterans.  These women served their country and they deserve the same benefits and health care as their male counterparts with their special needs met.


J. Patrick Little
National Commander

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