Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
You Served…You Deserve
The VA Women Veterans Health Program at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center focuses on women’s health, creating an environment that is welcoming, comfortable and personal. The program offers women Veterans the support you need and the best health care possible.
Women Veterans Program Manager
The Women Veterans Program Manager at the Charleston VAMC is here to help women Veterans—to listen and to answer your questions. The program manager works as your advocate to help you understand your benefits and coordinate your health care.
The program manager assists women Veterans in:
- Establishing your eligibility
- Understanding your benefits
- Obtaining your health care in the VA system
Contact Social Work Service at (843) 789-7635.
Eligibility for VA Health Services
- 2 Years Active Duty Service, or
- Deployment in Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF), or
- Military Sexual Trauma
Best Health Care Possible
The Charleston VAMC offers women Veterans a full range of medical and mental health care services.
General Health Care
- Primary Care
- Gynecology Services
- Family Planning and Birth Control
- Maternity Care
- Infertility Evaluation and Treatment
- Midlife and Menopause Issues
- HIV Testing
- Cancer Screening, including Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer
- Wellness and Healthy Living
- Nutrition and Weight Management
- Stop Smoking Programs
Mental Health Services
- Management of Depression, Anxiety, or Stress
- Adjustment from Deployment
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Screening, Counseling and Treatment
- Military Sexual Trauma
- Family and Parenting Issues
- Interpersonal Violence
- Alcohol and Drug Dependence
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Education Opportunities
- Links to Job and Career Counseling
- Homeless Programs
A Promise Kept
The Women Veterans Health Strategic Health Care Group will promote the health, welfare, and dignity of women Veterans and their families by ensuring equitable access to timely, sensitive, quality health care.
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.