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.


Women Veterans Town Hall Meeting

Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Fact Finding Committee
on Women Veteran Benefits and Communications

October 28, 2021

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314

Ensuring Veteran Services in Florida are tailored toward Women Veterans
Improving your VA Experience

Virtual registration – –https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4296668658492579343

In-person registration – https://www.eventbrite.com/o/florida-department-of-veteran-affairs-19349599658

Florida Women Veterans’ Survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TGSCG5Y

For more information please contact Vanessa Thomas at thomasv@fdva.state.fl.us


VISN 8 Women Veterans’ Program Managers

C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center (Bay Pines)
Donna Sherman
Women Veterans’ Program Manager
(727) 398-6661 ext. 12287
donna.sherman@va.gov

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)
Robin Norris
Women Veterans’ Program Manager
813-972-2000, ext. 6695
Robin.Norris@va.gov

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

San Juan, Puerto Rico VA Medical Center
Agnes Santiago-Cotto
Women Veterans’ Program Manager
(787) 641-7582 ext. 32214/35214
Agnes.Santiago-Cotto@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
https://www.va.gov/womenvet/

VA’s Women Veterans Quick Start Guide now available
https://bit.ly/3fXS3rN

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

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

Homeless Women Veterans
https://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
https://vwise.vets.syr.edu/

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