Why Choose VA?
“I truly am a Veteran” - Minta Davis
As she approached the end of her civilian career, Minta Davis’s coworkers encouraged her to sign up for VA health care. But she didn’t consider herself a Veteran, even though she previously served in the National Guard for more than 20 years.
“I had met plenty of Veterans, but they were all older. I didn’t realize I fit into that category,” she explains. But then she spoke with a VA enrollment specialist about her eligibility for VA health care and was surprised when the employee thanked her for her service. “I thought it sounded nice, and it dawned on me, I really and truly am a Veteran.”
Once she was enrolled with the VA Maryland Health Care System, Davis admits she was a little nervous about having a new health plan that she didn’t fully understand. She was relieved to find there was a special Women’s Health Care Program designed just for women. “I didn’t have any major medical issues,” she says. “But if I did, it was comforting to know that I had a whole women’s health team that I could communicate with.”
Davis also appreciates the VA’s whole health approach to care, something she found lacking prior to coming to the VA. “The difference is like night and day,” she says, comparing private sector and VA health care. She recalls her frustrations with a doctor who just wanted to write prescriptions to manage symptoms without taking the time to diagnose the problem. “I don’t want pills,” she explains. “I want to figure out what’s going on, and what I can do to improve it.” Today, Davis is a graduate of the MOVE! Program and partners with her women’s health team, her primary care provider, and an optometrist to address her health care needs. And she wants others to do the same.
“I know some vets who, for whatever reason, they are not convinced that VA is there for them,” she says. “I really want vets to seek VA health care as a first alternative, and to not shy away from it. Come into the program with an open mind, stay positive, ask questions, get involved…. Allow the VA professionals to help you turn your health around. In many instances you can, you just have to start.”
See more of Minta Davis on Veterans’ HealthWatch Episode 140.