Women who have served in the Armed Forces are eligible for a variety of veterans benefits. VA actively encourages women to utilize the benefits due them.
The VAMC Togus Women's Health Program targets programs and facilities to meet the unique needs of female veterans.
VAMC Togus services for women include:
- gynecology services
- breast exams and mammography
- reproductive health care
- menopause treatment
- cancer screening
- high cholesterol treatment
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) treatment
- diabetes prevention and treatment
- flu vaccine
- high blood pressure prevention and treatment
- treatment for obesity
- smoking cessation
- Military Sexual Trauma (MST) treatment
Patients will be referred to other VA facilities or to the community for any service not available through VA Maine Healthcare System.
Mental health services, including treatment for post traumatic stress disorder, are also available for women. Treatment for substance abuse is available as well.
VA Maine Contact Information
LaRhonda Harris, RN
Women Veterans Program Manager
Phone: 207.623.8411 ext. 4017
Toll Free: 877.421.8263 ext. 4017
Primary Care Telephone Assistance Program (TAP)
Call the Telephone Assistance program for:
- Health Care advice and information
- Medication Information
- Appointment Information
TAP Contact Information
Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Call 877-421-8263 ext. 7490
Evenings, weekends & holidays
Call 877-421-8263 x7490 or 866-757-7503
If enrolled in Primary Care at a CBOC, call that clinic directly:
- Bangor CBOC: 207-561-3600/877-421-8263 x3600
- Calais CBOC: 207-904-3700/877-421-8263 x3700
- Caribou CBOC: 207-493-3800/877-421-8263 x3800
- Fort Kent Access Point: 207-492-3800/877-421-8263 x3800 (Caribou CBOC)
- Houlton Access Point: 207-403-2000/877-421-8263 x2000 (Lincoln CBOC)
- Lincoln CBOC: 207-403-2000/877-421-8263 x2000
- Rumford CBOC: 207-369-3200/877-421-8263 x3200
- Saco CBOC: 207-294-3100/877-421-8263 x3100
- Mobile Medical Unit: 1-866-961-9263
Our Women Veterans Program Manager advises and advocates for women Veterans. She can help coordinate all the services you may need, from primary care to specialized care for chronic conditions or reproductive health. VA health care for women Veterans includes:
General care includes health evaluation and counseling, disease prevention, nutrition counseling, weight control, smoking cessation, and substance abuse counseling and treatment as well as gender-specific primary care, such as cervical cancer screens (Pap smears), breast cancer screens (mammograms), birth control, preconception counseling, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, menopausal support (hormone replacement therapy).
- Mental health includes evaluation and assistance for issues such as depression, mood, and anxiety disorders; intimate partner and domestic violence; sexual trauma; elder abuse or neglect; parenting and anger management; marital, caregiver, or family-related stress; and post-deployment adjustment or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Women-and men as well-may experience repeated sexual harassment or sexual assault during their military service. Special services are available to women who have experienced MST. VA provides free, confidential counseling and treatment for mental and physical health conditions related to MST.
More information is available about MST from the national Women Veterans Health Care program and the VHA Office of Mental Health.
Management and screening of chronic conditions includes heart disease, diabetes, cancer, glandular disorders, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia as well as sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.
Reproductive health care includes maternity care, infertility evaluation and limited treatment; sexual problems, tubal ligation, urinary incontinence, and others. VA is prohibited by legislative authority from providing either in-vitro fertilization or abortion services.
- Rehabilitation, homebound, and long-term care. VA referrals are given to those in need of rehabilitation therapies such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, exercise therapy, recreational therapy, and vocational therapy. Homebound and long-term care services are available as well, limited to those meeting specific requirements.