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VA LGBTQ+ Policies
- VHA Directive 1340: Health Care for Veterans who Identify as Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual: This policy states that any attempts (formal or informal) by VHA staff to convert or change a Veteran’s sexual orientation are prohibited.
- VHA Directive 1341: Providing Health Care for Transgender and Intersex Veterans. This is VA policy on the transgender care offered in VA facilities. This policy includes medically necessary care, such as hormone therapy, mental health care, preoperative evaluation, and post-operative and long-term care following gender confirming surgery. Gender confirming surgery cannot be performed or funded by VA.
- Rights and Responsibilities of VA Patients and Residents of Community Living Centers. This policy says that you won’t be discriminated against for any reason, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
- Rights and Responsibilities of Family Members of VA Patients and Residents of Community Living Centers. The VA uses a broad understanding of family, including anyone whom the patient or resident considers to be family.
Need Help? LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator (VCC) Services
There is an LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator (LGBTQ+ VCC) at every facility to help you get the care you need. VHA policies require that your health care is delivered in an affirming and inclusive environment and that VHA employees respect your identity.
Reach out to your local facility’s LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator today: https://www.patientcare.va.gov/LGBT/VAFacilities.asp
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