Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Veteran Care


LGBT Veterans face increased health risks and unique challenges in accessing quality healthcare. The VA is developing policies, provider-education programs, and services to ensure high-quality patient-centered care for LGBT Veterans. The VA strives to be a national leader in the provision of health care to LGBT Veterans and assure that care is provided in a sensitive, safe environment at VA health facilities nationwide.




The Veterans Health Administration is committed to addressing the special health needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Veterans and reducing health disparities for them and members of other vulnerable communities. VHA’s commitment to LGBT Veterans includes:

 Promoting a welcoming health and work environment that is inclusive of LGBT Veterans and employees.

 Providing information, guidance and education to VHA providers about LGBT health issues.


Lesbian, Gay and Bi-Sexual (LGB) Servicemembers and Veterans

The Department of Veteran Affairs is dedicated to serving all eligible Servicemembers, Veterans and their families. It also recognizes the existing diversity within this population, including the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual (LGB) community. VA is committed to providing outreach to diverse Service and Veteran populations and has provided guidance on how under current Federal law VA may recognize marriage.


Here to Serve All Veterans

To celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride this month, I thought it would be good to share my Veteran experience. There are over 1 million LGBT Veterans and approximately 68,000 LGBT service members that are currently serving our nation. Many have made significant sacrifices for my freedom. I would like to thank them and let them know we are here to serve all Veterans.



Sexual Orientation and Military Service Briefing Sheet

This briefing sheet has been prepared by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns Office as a resource for advocacy regarding the current US policy on sexual orientation and military service. For further information, please contact the Office at APA, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, (202) 336-6041
The American Psychological Association (APA) opposes the current U.S. policy of discrimination against lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons in military service. This stance reflects the APA Policy Statement on Sexual Orientation and Military Service, adopted by the APA Council of Representatives in July 2004. In this policy statement, the association reaffirmed its opposition to discrimination based on sexual orientation and its commitment to disseminating scientific knowledge to ameliorate the negative effects of the current law through training and education.