March 18-22 is LGBTQ+ Health Awareness Week. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides care to more than six million Veterans with a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences, and identities. And a growing proportion of VA users are LGBTQ+ Veterans – with over 104,000 who are enrolled in VA health care – many of whom have unique and varied needs.

Veterans with LGBTQ+ identities are less likely to seek routine care because of experiencing discrimination and bias. Research suggests they may have higher risks for health problems such as heart disease, suicide, mental health conditions including PTSD, substance use, and some cancers.

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