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Experiences with the VA

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Artesia:
In my experience, different facilities offer different treatments.  I receive my HRT through the VA.  I received me voice training at the Indianapolis facility but was told they don't offer hair removal.  I, however, am receiving laser hair removal from the Chicago VA facility.

Rakel:
I get my health care from the VA and once you have a primary care physician, they can oversee all your health needs. They do refer to specialists in the VA system and in certain cases they can send you to an outside physician if necessary.

If for any reason you are not satisfied with your primary care physician, you can request a a different provider. Transgender care is new to the VA and they are still learning how to best manage care for people with our condition.

You can expect counseling, lab tests, hormone therapy and voice training at almost all VA Hospitals. Some VA Hospitals offer additional services, such as laser therapy.  I have seen surgery performed on patients who have had service connected genital injuries. The surgery was to restore the original organs, not transgender surgeries.

I do not know if any VA will do any facial surgery or a mastectomy for transgender purposes. I do not know of any VA Hospitals offering electrolysis.

Laurie:
I have been getting my health care from the VA for several years.  About 2 1/2 years ago I told my GP I was transgender. Since then I have gotten all my medications HRT and others, my therapy, oncology visits and cancer treatments, scan s and labs from the VA here in Portland ,Or. I have been very satisfied with the services I have received from the VA.

Katie V:
Thanks for the replies. 


--- Quote from: Laurie on May 02, 2019, 12:35:25 am ---I have been getting my health care from the VA for several years.  About 2 1/2 years ago I told my GP I was transgender. Since then I have gotten all my medications HRT and others, my therapy, oncology visits and cancer treatments, scan s and labs from the VA here in Portland ,Or. I have been very satisfied with the services I have received from the VA.

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Laurie, I'm overall pretty healthy so I haven't had any VA services outside a yearly checkup.  But that's always with a random first year resident.  I would expect if I brought up gender issues that they would pass me off to someone with some experience in that field or refer me to a therapist.  Is that your experience?

I was surprised last checkup when they did ask if I was experiencing any gender identity issues.  That was new and I was caught  off guard so of course I just said no and moved on.  So it appears that there is a push to at least include those questions in the general screenings. 

Colleen_definitely:
It seems to depend on which facility you go to.

The ones I've been to were so rife with incompetence and "that ain't my job" attitudes that I won't step foot in a VA facility again.  And that's just on the caregiver side of things.

The management side of those places is even worse from my experience working on scientific equipment for the research side of the VA.

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