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VA Puget Sound Health Care System

 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Veteran Care

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VHA) is committed to providing quality care to all Veterans including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Veterans. Excellent care has no boundaries.

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VA Puget Sound Health Care System seeks to promote the health, welfare, and dignity of LGBT Veterans and their families. We are committed to making sensitive and high quality health care accessible. Our policies and practices focus on ensuring a safe, welcoming, and affirmative environment of care for LGBT Veterans. Our employees receive training in clinically competent care that is responsive to the unique needs of LGBT Veterans.

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VA Takes Pride in Serving Veterans with LGBT and Related Identities

Veterans with LGBT and related identities face increased health risks and unique challenges in accessing quality healthcare. The VA strives to be a national leader in the provision of health care to Veterans with LGBT and related identities and assure that care is provided in a sensitive, safe environment at VA health facilities nationwide. picture of a flag 

VHA’s commitment to Veterans with LGBT and related identities include:
   - Promoting a welcoming health and work environment that is inclusive of Veterans and employees with LGBT and related identities.
   - Providing information, guidance and education to VHA providers about LGBT health issues.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health Program
In 2012, the Office of Patient Care Services created the LGBT Health Program (10P4Y), which provides policy recommendations, provider-education programs, and clinical services to support personalized, pro-active, patient-driven healthcare for Veterans with LGBT and related identities. For more information about the LGBT Health Program, email at VALGBTProgram@va.gov.

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Every Wednesday at 1p.m.
for More Information, contact LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator Katy McDermott 206-277-3233 Kathryn.McDermott@va.gov

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LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator (VCC) Program

As of March 2016, each VA facility has a local LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator (VCC) who is appointed by their facility leadership. The VCC is responsible for promoting best practices for serving LGBT Veterans and connecting LGBT Veterans to services.

Health Information

To learn important information about the unique health risks of LGBT Veterans, download these relevant fact sheets. Here you can also find information about relevant services offered by VA.


Gay and Bisexual
Men
Health Care Fact Sheet

Gay and Bisexual Men Health Care Fact Sheet

Lesbian and Bisexual
Women
Health Care Fact Sheet

Lesbian and Bisexual Women Health Care Fact Sheet

Transgender
Women
Health Care Fact Sheet

Transgender Women Health Care Fact Sheet

Transgender
Men
Health Care Fact Sheet

Transgender Men Health Care Fact Sheet

Contact

Kathryn McDermott, RN
LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator
206-277-3233
kathryn.mcdermott@va.gov

Resources

LGBT Updates