VA Central California Health Care System
LGBT Veteran Care Program
The VA Central California Health Care System offers a variety of programs to create a health care system that is responsive to the particular needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) patients and staff by building upon the unique strengths of LGBT culture.
You Are Not Alone
America is home to an estimated one million LGBT service members and Veterans, who have served the US military with honor and distinction.
With the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 and federal agencies from the Pentagon to the VA observing Gay Pride Month, opportunities abound for new developments in LGBT Veteran health care. We hope you choose VACCHS and join our growing team of Veterans and staff to create an LGBT Veteran community and health care system in this exciting time of social advancement!
Resources for Veterans
LGBT Veterans have a supportive environment to give and receive support from peers. For more information, please call group facilitators Chicketa Hill, (559) 228-5318 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LGBT community remain “in the closet,” choosing to not disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity to others, including their providers. In VHA, many providers don’t ask their patients about their gender identity, sexual orientation, or sexual health.
LGBT Veterans important information about their unique health risks and relevant services offered by VA:
TRANSGENDER MEN HEALTH CARE
TRANSGENDER WOMEN HEALTH CARE
GAY AND BISEXUAL MEN HEALTH CARE
LESBIAN AND BISEXUAL WOMEN HEALTH CARE
LGBT Veteran Video Project
The film The Camouflage Closet is a documentary about 9 LGBT Veterans' experiences with PTSD, trauma and recovery. This film incorporates the firsthand perspectives of LGBT Veterans who were provided with cameras, tools, and training to create video narratives for the purpose of increasing awareness among mental health clinicians, Veterans and LGBT Civilians. The Camouflage Closet has been honored as an Official Selection of the Council on Social Work Education's 2014 Virtual Film Festival and was shown at the 2013 San Francisco Veterans Film Festival.
LGBT VA staff and heterosexual allies are invited to participate in the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered (LGBT) Program of the Equal Employment Opportunity Office. The goals of this group are:
To train VACCHS staff about LGBT Veteran Health Care and Policies,
Raise awareness about LGBT Veterans and staff at VACCHS,
Provide support and social opportunities for LGBT staff, and
Increase enrollment at VACCHS among LGBT Veterans and employment among LGBT staff
LGBT Employee Recruitment Efforts
The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender(LGBT) SEP Program Manager is actively involved in the recruitment of LGBT employees to VACCHS through outreach at LGBT employment fairs in the community, Pride Parade and Reel Pride.