Women Veterans

The Sunshine State is home to the second largest population of women veterans in the nation, with more than 162,000. Women veterans are one of the fastest growing segments of the veterans’ population.

Many women veterans don’t know that they are eligible for the full range of federal and state benefits, to include special programs for them.

Florida’s State Women Veterans’ Coordinator is Vanessa Thomas.  She can be reached at thomasv@fdva.state.fl.us.


VISN 8 Women Veterans’ Program Managers

C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center (Bay Pines)
Julia Adams
Women Veterans’ Program Manager
727-398-6661, ext. 1432

Malcom Randall VA Medical Center (Gainesville)
Cheryl Tillman
Women Veterans’ Program Manager
Toll Free: 1-800-324-8387, ext. 4064 Local: 352-379-4064
cheryl.tillman@va.gov

Lake City VA Medical Center
Cheryl Tillman
Women Veterans’ Program Manager
Toll Free: 1-800-324-8387, ext. 4064 Local: 352-379-4064
cheryl.tillman@va.gov

Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center (Miami)
Michelle Zielenski
Women Veterans’ Program Manager
305-575-7000, ext. 7263
michelle.zielenski@va.gov

James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital (Tampa)
Pam Smith-Beatty
Women Veterans’ Program Manager
813-972-2000, ext. 6695

Orlando (Lake Nona) VA Medical Center
Lisa Martel
Women Veterans’ Program Manager
407-631-4088
lisa.martel2@va.gov

West Palm Beach VA Medical Center
Rosemary Balaguer
Women Veterans’ Program Manager
561-422-6881
rosemary.balaguer@va.gov


Other Resources

VA Hotline on Health Care and Benefits for Women Veterans
1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636)

VA Center for Women Veterans
http://www.va.gov/womenvet/

Women Veterans Issues
https://www.benefits.va.gov/PERSONA/veteran-women.asp

Women Veterans Health Care
http://www.womenshealth.va.gov

Homeless Women Veterans
http://www.va.gov/homeless/for_women_veterans.asp

Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation
https://www.womensmemorial.org/

VA creates National Women Veterans Oncology System of Excellence in fight against breast cancer
https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5549

V-WISE – Women Veterans Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship
http://vwise.vets.syr.edu/

U.S. Department of Labor Website for Women Veterans
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/vets/womenveterans