VA LGBTQ+ Health Program Patient Education, Resources, & Outreach Materials
LGBTQ+ Veteran Health Care Patient Education
These Veteran education brochures communicate important information to LGBTQ+ Veterans about their unique health risks and relevant services offered by VA. Veterans, families, caregivers, Veteran Service Organizations, and community providers are welcome to share and print the brochures. Brochures are intended to be printed in color. VA employees are encouraged to display them in common areas of your facility, including waiting rooms, break and conference rooms, reception areas, and canteens. For linking and sharing the brochures electronically, please link to this page to be sure that you direct people to the most up-to-date versions.
Direct Patient Entry of Gender Identity and Preferred Name Now Available Online
The Department of Veterans Affairs includes gender identity and preferred name in its national medical record system to help VA providers better understand and meet the health care needs of Veterans. As of June 25th, 2022, VA patients can view, enter and edit their gender identity and preferred name at VA.gov Home | Veterans Affairs. This new feature of VA.gov gives Veterans the ability to enter information about themselves into their health record without going through a VA staff person. With this new solution, VA is giving Veterans more control and choice when it comes to their healthcare information.
To enter your gender identity and preferred name at VA.gov Home | Veterans Affairs, click “Sign In” in the upper righthand corner. Open your profile and click on “Personal Information”. For detailed information and photos for using VA.gov, please see: How to add or change your preferred name and gender identity on VA.gov (pdf)
Once entered in VA.gov, this information will become part of your electronic health record. Your health care providers will see this information and use your responses to provide patient-centered care. Sharing this information helps VA staff and providers know your identity and use respectful terms when delivering personalized care.
Health Care for the Veteran You Are - LGBTQ+ Health Program Posters
VA is dedicated to being a leader in health care for the Veteran you are for LGBTQ+ Veterans and provides high-quality care in an affirming and welcoming environment. VA staff and providers will respect your identities. Use the Health Care for the Veteran You Are posters all year to get out the message and ensure LGBTQ+ Veterans receive the care they need and deserve.
VA employees, Veterans, families, caregivers, Veteran Service Organizations, and community providers are welcome to share and print these posters. Posters are intended to be printed in color. VA employees are encouraged to display them in common areas of your facility, including waiting rooms, break and conference rooms, reception areas, and canteens. For linking and sharing the posters electronically, please link to this page to be sure that you direct people to the most up-to-date versions.
We Serve All Who Served
This poster was developed to increase visibility of LGBTQ+ Veterans at VHA. The tagline "We Serve All Who Served" underscores VA's non-discrimination policy, and honors the service history of LGBTQ+ Veterans. Download, print, and display the poster in common areas of your facility, including reception areas.
Transgender & Gender Diverse E-Consultation Program:
Transgender and Gender Diverse Veterans: The VA has a program where your provider can get advice about your treatment through your medical record. Download this flyer and bring it in to your next medical appointment to start this conversation.
Gender Affirming Program with Speech (GAPS):
The way we communicate helps to define who we are. For many, a desired voice and communication style is key to gaining acceptance in their new gender. Speech-Language Pathologists are trained to help in gender affirming voice treatment, which targets voice, speech, language, and non-verbal communication. Research has shown that skills learned with a Speech-Language Pathologist can result in increased satisfaction with voice and communication while reducing the risk of developing vocal strain.
Connect. It Can Save a Life
LGBTQ+ Veterans may face unique health challenges— including a higher risk for mental health issues and suicidal ideation than their non-LGBTQ+ counterparts. If you are an LGBTQ+ Veteran, making sure your health care provider knows your sexual orientation and gender identity can improve your access to comprehensive care. VA is dedicated to offering all Veterans high-quality care in a safe, respectful environment. Being open with your provider about your identity helps VA support your whole health.
- Veterans Crisis Line number is now 988 (press 1) to communicate with a caring, qualified VA responder standing by to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Contact VCL by Text to 838255 or chat on the web:https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/
- Veteran Suicide Prevention
- Don’t Wait. Reach Out.
- LGBTQ+ Suicide Prevention: NEW FLYER