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VA Sec: Transgender Vets Get Gender Confirmation Surgery After Rulemaking Process

Today, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough announced plans that the offer will start offering gender confirmation surgery to transgender Veterans. The announcement was made at a Pride event at the Orlando Vet Center in Florida. In prepared remarks, Secretary McDonough said, “We are taking the first necessary steps to expand VA’s care to include gender confirmation surgery — thereby allowing transgender vets to … Continue reading VA Sec: Transgender Vets Get Gender Confirmation Surgery After Rulemaking Process

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VA NorCal Opens Up Vaccinations to Adolescents Under SAVE LIVES Act

Update 06/15/2021 Last week, VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS) announced it will begin offering Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccinations to adolescents ages 12 to 17, who are caregivers of Veterans or are CHAMPVA beneficiaries under the SAVE LIVES Act, on June 10 at the Sacramento VA Medical Center and Martinez VA Outpatient Clinic. COVID-19 vaccines will be available to Veteran caregivers and those who qualify as beneficiaries under VA’s Civilian Health and Medical Program. … Continue reading VA NorCal Opens Up Vaccinations to Adolescents Under SAVE LIVES Act

VA NorCal Update on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS) will resume offering the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 18 years and older, following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance, following a 10-day pause recommended by the CDC and FDA after a very small number of people who received the vaccine experienced rare but serious blood … Continue reading VA NorCal Update on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

#TDOV: Transgender Veterans

Did You Know Over 134,000 U.S. Veterans are estimated to be transgender and, before the transgender military ban was lifted in 2021, there were over 15,000 transgender people serving in the U.S. military Transgender people are at least two to three times more likely to have served in the U.S. military; motivated by patriotism, life direction, and family history of service, transgender people may have … Continue reading #TDOV: Transgender Veterans

Vaccine Access Opened to Veterans’ Families, Spouses

WASHINGTON, D.C — Today, President Joe Biden signed bipartisan legislation into law expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to veterans and their families under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), following efforts from House and Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs leaders Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Ranking Member Mike Bost (R-Ill.), Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.).  The Strengthening and Amplifying Vaccination Efforts to Locally Immunize all Veterans … Continue reading Vaccine Access Opened to Veterans’ Families, Spouses

LGBT+ Health Awareness Week: Non-Discrimination

According to the largest-ever study of transgender and gender non-conforming people in the United States, about 56% of those surveyed had experienced discrimination while trying to seek medical treatment. A 2016 survey found that 68.5% of LGBT+ people who experienced discrimination in the year before had been negatively affected psychologically, about 43.7% said discrimination had adversely affected their physical well-being. For all the legislation and … Continue reading LGBT+ Health Awareness Week: Non-Discrimination