The Dog Tag: Health Care for Women Veterans

The Dog Tag: Health Care for Women Veterans

On this episode of The Dog Tag, Matt Elledge talks with Pam Maercklein, the Women Veterans Healthcare Liaison for the Women Veterans Program at the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC). Pam served eight years in the United States Air Force and has a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Texas at Austin. She’s worked at the Texas Veterans Commission since 2008 and assists Women Veterans with their health care needs.

Matt and Pam dive deep into the issues that affect Women Veterans’ physical and mental well-being including maternity care, military sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and more. If you are a Woman Veteran, or know one, please listen to this podcast and find detailed insights about health care for the brave women who have served in our nation’s military forces.

The Dog Tag: Health Care for Women Veterans

(L-R) Pam Maercklein & Matt Elledge

Show Notes:

Introduction.  [:48]

How the Women Veterans Program at the TVC helps Women Veterans.  [2:24]

How Pam advocates for Women Veterans within the VA Health Care System.  [3:11]

The eligibility requirements for VA Health Care.   [5:37]

Health care statistics for Women Veterans.  [10:18]

How the VA provides maternity care to Women Veterans.  [11:52]

How health care challenges are sometimes different for Women Veterans versus male Veterans.  [14:39]

Most common health care issues for Women Veterans.  [20:30]

Types of health care services Women Veterans can expect from the VA.  [23:10]

How Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) affects Women Veterans.  [24:58]

Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and PTSD in Women Veterans.  [28:00]

The Dog Tag: Health Care for Women Veterans

How to get a VA service-connected disability rating for MST.  [30:01]

Suicide rates among Women Veterans.  [34:51]

Is the VA providing better health care to Women Veterans?  [37:49]

Other organizations that support Women Veterans.  [40:39]

Homeless Women Veterans.  [42:32]

Assistance for Women Veterans in rural areas.  [45:01]

Women Veterans mentoring other Women Veterans.  [46:29]

Join the Texas Women Veterans Professional Network.  [49:26]

Contact the TVC Women Veterans Program at or call 1-800-252-8387.

Helpful Resources:

VA Women Veterans Health Care

VA Women Veterans Call Center

VA Women Veteran Program Managers

VA Center for Women Veterans

TVC Claims Representation & Counseling

Pink Concussions

Grace After Fire

American Women Veterans

Women Veterans Rock

American Legion

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

Equine Therapy

Catholic Charities Houston

St. Louise House

VA Telehealth

VA Office of Rural Health

Related Podcasts:

The Women Veterans Program at the Texas Veterans Commission

Unlocking VA Disability Claims Part 1

Unlocking VA Disability Claims Part 2

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