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Dayton VA Medical Center, Ohio


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Veterans

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Veterans

The Dayton VA Medical Center is committed to providing top quality care to our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Veterans. We are also committed to having an inclusive environment for LGBT employees.

The Human Rights Campaign has recognized the Dayton VA as a “Leader in Healthcare Equality” from 2014-2018 in their annual Healthcare Equality Index. This is a national measurement of healthcare facilities’ policies and practices for LGBT patients and staff, and we take pride in this distinction.

We recognize that diverse populations have unique needs, and train our staff in the best practices for LGBT Veterans. We strive to create a respectful healthcare environment. The Dayton VA embraces national policies that guarantee access for LGBT Veterans in the southwest Ohio area. These policies (and more) are available to download from this website. We encourage LGBT Veterans and families to be aware of these rights.

Policies and Patient Advocacy

Patient Rights and Responsibilities (Non-Discrimination) Policy

Our Patient Rights and Responsibilities Policy or our non-discrimination policy specifically prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Visitation Policy

The Dayton VAMC Visitation Policy allows for a same-sex partner, family member, friend, or other individual to be present with the patient for emotional support during the course of their stay. Same-sex partners are recognized as the patient’s family, regardless of whether they are legally married.

Advance Directives

Patients may designate any person as a decision-maker for care should you become unable to make these decisions yourself. This includes designating a same-sex partner as a surrogate decision maker. Advance Directive agents are chosen by the Veteran and do not need to be biologically related. Please inform staff if you desire to create an Advance Directive.

Documentation in Medical Records

The Dayton VAMC maintains the confidentiality of information about sexual orientation and sexual behavior, as it does with all other private health information. We encourage you to inform your Healthcare provider of your sexual orientation/gender identity so appropriate care can be provided.

Changing Your Name and/or Sex in Your Medical Record

Your name in the medical record will reflect your legal name. The sex in your medical record should reflect your self-identified gender. You have the right to request that name and sex are updated as appropriate. There are established procedures for changing your name and sex with the VA Privacy Officer. If you would like a copy of the fact sheet on how to change your name and/or sex in CPRS (Computerized Patient Record System), please let your health care provider know so they can obtain a copy for you.

Patient Advocate

If you feel you are not being provided with compassionate care at the Dayton VAMC, we encourage you to make your concerns known to your Provider, a Patient Advocate at (937)262-2164 or LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator, Dr. Justine Ray, Psychologist at ext. 1779. If you would like a copy of the Memo on processing EEO complaints based on Sexual Orientation, please inform a Patient Advocate who can obtain a copy for you.


LGBT Services


Individual or couple therapy is available with mental health clinicians familiar with LGBT issues. Request a referral through your primary care provider if interested in individual or couple therapy.

Transgender Services

Services are available for Veterans questioning their gender identity or whose gender identity or expression differs from their assigned gender at birth. Individual therapy and cross-sex hormone therapy services are available.

VALOR - LGBT Veteran Support Group

Contact Person: Dr. Belinda Chaffins, Psychologist

Purpose of the group: This monthly group is designed to offer a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQQI Veterans to discuss concerns and challenges as well as encourage personal growth and resilience. Topics discussed can include relationships, stress management and health care issues. Veterans can provide and receive support from other members in a caring, respectful environment. If you are interested in learning more about the group, please contact Dr. Chaffins at (937)268-6511 ext. 1055.

Helpful Links for LGBT Veterans*

Ten Things Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals and Transgender Persons Should Discuss with Their Healthcare Provider

Outserve/Service Members Legal Defense Network (

National Center for Transgender Equality

Human Rights Campaign and Healthcare Equality Index

Transgender Travelers information from the TSA

CDC LGBT Health Page (

*Links will take you outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs Website. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked Websites. The link will open in a new window.

Helpful Links for Employees

Staff Education: Online training on caring for LGBT Veterans is available in TMS

EEO Policy: Our EEO policy specifically prohibits unlawful discrimination, including workplace harassment based on gender identity, transgender status and sexual orientation.

Benefits: For the most up-to-date benefit information for LGBT employees, please visit the ODI website or our HR department.