Boise VA Medical Center
The Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center is proud to serve our female veterans. Women are now the fastest growing subgroup of U.S. Veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs understands the health care needs of Women Veterans and is committed to meeting these needs.
The Boise VA offers a wide array of services to female veterans. If you would like more information about our services, you may contact the following:
For information on VA assistance or care programs (Military Sexual Trauma, Homeless programs, Substance abuse, Long-term care, Mental health services, etc.) contact the Social Work Office at (208) 422-1000 ext. 7564
To discuss a concern or complaint contact the Patient Advocate at (208) 422-1034
To offer suggestions about how the VA can improve services to women veterans, or for other questions: Please contact our Women Veterans Program Manager: Jana Iverson at (208) 422-1000 ext. 4272.
Our Women Veterans Program Manager advises and advocates for women Veterans. She can help coordinate all the services you may need, from primary care to specialized care for chronic conditions or reproductive health. VA health care for women Veterans includes:
- General care includes health evaluation and counseling, disease prevention, nutrition counseling, weight control, smoking cessation, and substance abuse counseling and treatment as well as gender-specific primary care, such as cervical cancer screens (Pap smears), breast cancer screens (mammograms), birth control, preconception counseling, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, menopausal support (hormone replacement therapy).
- Mental health includes evaluation and assistance for issues such as depression, mood, and anxiety disorders; intimate partner and domestic violence; sexual trauma; elder abuse or neglect; parenting and anger management; marital, caregiver, or family-related stress; and post-deployment adjustment or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Women-and men as well-may experience repeated sexual harassment or sexual assault during their military service. Special services are available to women who have experienced MST. VA provides free, confidential counseling and treatment for mental and physical health conditions related to MST. More information is available about MST from the national Women Veterans Health Care program and the VHA Office of Mental Health.
- Management and screening of chronic conditions includes heart disease, diabetes, cancer, glandular disorders, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia as well as sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. Reproductive health care includes maternity care, infertility evaluation and limited treatment; sexual problems, tubal ligation, urinary incontinence, and others. VA is prohibited by legislative authority from providing either in-vitro fertilization or abortion services.
- Rehabilitation, homebound, and long-term care. VA referrals are given to those in need of rehabilitation therapies such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, exercise therapy, recreational therapy, and vocational therapy. Homebound and long-term care services are available as well, limited to those meeting specific requirements.