VA Western New York Healthcare System
Buffalo VA to Get Childcare Site
Veterans in Buffalo will have childcare available on site at VA Western New York Healthcare System, 3495 Bailey Avenue this fall while they go to their medical appointments. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced Saturday that Buffalo was one of three pilot sites in the nation to get one of the childcare centers.
“We are pleased to offer childcare for Veterans to support their seamless transition as they return from serving. This childcare center will offer support so mothers and fathers can get the health care they need,” said William F. Feeley, medical center director. Hours of operation will be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for ages 6 weeks to 12 years. All the pilot childcare centers will be operated onsite by licensed childcare providers. Childcare services will be offered free to Veterans who are eligible for VA care and visiting a facility for an appointment.
“I am so grateful to the women and men who have served our nation with incredible distinction, both at home and abroad,” said United States Senator Charles E. Schumer. “With the huge growth in the number of female Veterans getting care from Upstate New York VA facilities, it makes perfect sense to launch this childcare pilot program here, and I’m thrilled the Secretary has chosen Buffalo. I am hopeful that Buffalo is just the beginning, and that this program will take root and grow, so that moms and dads across the state can have access to childcare while they’re getting the medical treatment our Vets need and deserve. When our brave men and women serve in our armed forces, the whole family makes a sacrifice. The least we can do is help Veteran parents ensure that their kids are in safe hands while they’re at the doctor or in the hospital.”
This pilot program will benefit both men and women Veterans and was established by Congress as part for the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus health Services Act of 2010 signed by the President in May 2010. In a VA survey, VA found that nearly a third of Veterans were interested in childcare services and more than 10 percent had to cancel or reschedule VA appointments due to lack of child care. Other childcare pilot sites are Northport, NY and Tacoma, WA.
Women Veterans are one of the fastest growing segments of the Veteran population. Of the 22.7 million living Veterans, more than 1.8 million are women. They comprise nearly 8 percent of the total Veteran population and 6 percent of all Veterans who use VA health care services.
VA estimates women Veterans will constitute 10 percent of the Veteran population by 2020 and 9.5 percent of VA patients.
For more information about VA programs and services for women Veterans, please visit: www.va.gov/womenvet and www.publichealth.va.gov/womenshealth.