Legislation addresses need for prosthetics for female veterans

Abbie Bennett
May 14, 2019 - 9:25 am

DoD photo by EJ Hersom

Women veterans who need prosthetics can get them -- but they may not be designed specifically for a woman's body. A pair of congressional bills hope to change that.   

Rep. Chris Pappas, D-N.H., chairman of Oversight and Investigations for the House Veterans Affairs Committee, and Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., introduced legislation “to ensure female veterans have access to prosthetic items that were made for women at VA facilities.”

The bill would direct the secretary of the VA to submit a report to Congress on the availability of prosthetics for women veterans

This is not the only legislation addressing the issue. The Deborah Sampson Act which is a comprehensive bill intended to support women veterans also mentions the need for prosthetics for women.

“The face of our military has changed, and so have the needs of the VA,” Pappas said. “It is incumbent upon us to ensure that women that have answered the call to service have access to the same quality care as their male counterparts.”

Pappas said the bill will “ensure the VA is equipped to provide female veterans with life-changing prosthetics and continue working with VA to support our ever-changing veteran population.”   

“The VA has led the way on prosthetics development that has changed the lives of countless veterans and service members,” Stefanik said, adding that the bill “pushes for further research into how to best develop this incredible technology to fit women’s bodies.”

“Women veterans have served our country honorably, and it is imperative that they have equal access to essential health services, including prosthetics made specifically for their needs,” said Rep. Brownley D-Calif., chairwoman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s Women Veterans Task Force and the subcommittee on health. “This issue will be an important priority for the Women Veterans Task Force, and I look forward to continuing to work with Reps. Pappas and Stefanik to move this bill forward.”

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