VA Boston Healthcare System is delighted to be able to serve women veterans. We offer a number of programs to meet the unique needs of female veterans of all ages.
VA Boston Healthcare System services for women are extensive and include—
- Women's Comprehensive Primary Care and Gynecology
- Mental Health and Substance Abuse services for women -
- Women Veterans' Homelessness Program
Meet our Women Veterans Program Manager
Carolyn Mason Wholley, LICSW.
Carolyn serves as an advocate for women Veterans, and works to improve the delivery of healthcare to them.
She has worked at VA Boston Healthcare System as a Social Worker for several years. During that time, she has developed expertise in the field of Mental Health, especially with managing care and suicide prevention programs.
Contact Carolyn at 1.800.865.3384 ext. 45994 (or direct line 857.364.5994) (cell: 617.981.9277) or email her at Carolyn.MasonWholley@va.gov.
Women are enrolling in the VA at record levels, challenging a VA health care system that has historically cared for a mostly male population.
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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.