William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
Madison VA Hospital Celebrates Mother’s Day Event
In advance of National Women’s Health Week, May 12-18, women veterans who used VA maternity benefits over the past 4 years from the Madison VA Hospital and Clinics were invited to a Mother’s Day Event on May 11th to meet fellow Veterans who are parents and learn about community resources.
The three-hour long event included resources, lunch and family fun activities. Children who attended frosted cupcakes, created edible fruit arrangements in mugs and planted a flower to give to their veteran mother.
“This was so much more than we expected,” said one of the mothers that attended. “Everyone was super kind and welcoming. The VA has been awesome over the past 13 years.”
“We wanted to hold an event that would offer women Veterans an opportunity to connect with other women Veterans, especially new parents,” said Sandra Schumacher, Women Veterans Program Manager. “Social connections create a sense of community and belonging and have a positive impact on mental health.”
Women are among the fastest growing Veteran demographics, accounting for more than 30% of the increase in Veterans who served between 2014 and 2018. The number of women using VA health services has tripled since 2000, growing from about 160,000 to over 500,000 today. VA offers a wide range of primary care and specialty services for women Veterans, such as health screenings, preconception counseling, maternity care, mental health treatment, and more.
To reach out to Women Veterans, Madison VA held a Tele-town Hall in April specifically focused on Women Veterans.
“Over 250 women Veterans participated in our Tele-Town hall event,” said Schumacher, “asking questions and receiving answers about eligibility, available services, and other issues of concern.”
To learn about Women’s Health programs available at the Madison VA Hospital and clinics, visit our website or please contact Sandra Schumacher, Women Veterans Program Manager, at 608-256-1901 ext. 11687.
The VA encourages women Veterans not currently using VA health care services to enroll and use the benefits they have earned. Call the Women Veterans Call Center for information at 1-855-VA-Women (1-855-829-6636) or visit womenshealth.va.gov.