Attention A T users. To access the menus on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Please switch auto forms mode to off. 2. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). 3. To enter and activate the submenu links, hit the down arrow. You will now be able to tab or arrow up or down through the submenu options to access/activate the submenu links.

VA NY Harbor Health Care System


Women Veterans

Women Veterans Healthcare Program:
Keeping you healthy and providing care when you need it!

If you are not sure of your enrollment status, drop in to the Eligibility Office with your DD214 or VA ID from another facility and check your status.


You are the center of your care with coordinated services provided to ensure you get the care you need. Services include comprehensive physician exams with a full range of preventive and diagnostic health screenings for hypertension, coronary heart disease and diabetes and HIV. Patients are referred to specialized physicians and practitioners for consultations in areas such as diabetes, eye, urology, mental health, physical therapy and health education programs such as physical therapy and weight management.

Specialized Services include Gynecological Care, Breast Clinic, Psychosocial and Mental Health Services and Health and Wellness Programs.

Feature Stories


Dr. Nancy Ramos, Nurse Practitioner, with patient. Women’s Services Expand to Harlem
Trust is a quality that is key between clinicians and patients. Dr. Nancy Ramos, Nurse Practitioner, emphasizes the importance of this connection in ensuring that a patient’s needs are met and that they feel respected and comfortable. More...
Helena Guber, Chief of Endocrinology at VA’s Brooklyn Campus, and Veteran Willette Gittens. When A Doctor Listens
Dr. Helena Guber, Chief of Endocrinology at VA’s Brooklyn Campus, treats a wide gamut of metabolic and hormonal abnormalities. These range from common diabetes to lipid and bone abnormalities like hyperlipidemia and osteoporosis to adrenal tumors, amenorrhea and endocrine reasons for low testosterone and infertility. More...


Our Women Veterans Program Manager advises and advocates for women Veterans. She can help coordinate all the services you may need, from primary care to specialized care for chronic conditions or reproductive health. VA health care for women Veterans includes:

Honor, Loyalty, Pride in Service, Patriot, Leader, Military Experience. VA knows women Veterans - what's invisible to most is visible to VA

Primary Care

  • General care includes health evaluation and counseling, disease prevention, nutrition counseling, weight control, smoking cessation, and substance abuse counseling and treatment as well as gender-specific primary care, such as cervical cancer screens (Pap smears), breast cancer screens (mammograms), birth control, preconception counseling, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, menopausal support (hormone replacement therapy).
  • Mental health includes evaluation and assistance for issues such as depression, mood, and anxiety disorders; intimate partner and domestic violence; sexual trauma; elder abuse or neglect; parenting and anger management; marital, caregiver, or family-related stress; and post-deployment adjustment or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Women-and men as well-may experience repeated sexual harassment or sexual assault during their military service. Special services are available to women who have experienced MST. VA provides free, confidential counseling and treatment for mental and physical health conditions related to MST. More information is available about MST from the national Women Veterans Health Care program and the VHA Office of Mental Health.

Specialty Care

  • Management and screening of chronic conditions includes heart disease, diabetes, cancer, glandular disorders, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia as well as sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. Reproductive health care includes maternity care, infertility evaluation and limited treatment; sexual problems, tubal ligation, urinary incontinence, and others. VA is prohibited by legislative authority from providing either in-vitro fertilization or abortion services.
  • Rehabilitation, homebound, and long-term care. VA referrals are given to those in need of rehabilitation therapies such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, exercise therapy, recreational therapy, and vocational therapy. Homebound and long-term care services are available as well, limited to those meeting specific requirements.


Jennifer Friedberg, Ph.D.
Women Veteran Program Manager
New York Campus

Betzaida Ruiz, RN
Women Veteran Program Manager
Brooklyn Campus
718-836-6600 Ext. 6793

Maureen J. Martin, RN, MS
VISN 2 Lead, Women’s Health, Geriatrics and Extended Care, Palliative Care
113 Holland Ave, Bldg 67, Albany, NY 12208

The Right Place
Stories of Service
Women Veterans Call Center: 1-855-VA-WOMEN