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New York/New Jersey VA Health Care Network

 

Returning Service Members

Program Managers for Returning OEF/OIF/OND Veterans

Albany Program Manager

Leah Macdonald, LCSW
Phone: (518) 626-6962
Address: VA Health Care Upstate New York
113 Holland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208

Bath Program Manager

Dawn R. Smith, LCSW, CCM
Phone: (607) 664-4542
Address: Bath VA Medical Center
76 Veterans Avenue, Bath, NY 14810

Bronx Program Manager

Tashany Myers, RN
Phone  (718) 584-9000 ext. 5872
Address:  James J. Peters VA Medical Center
130 W. Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY 10486

Canandaigua Program Manager

Jeremy Macaluso, LCSW
Phone: (585) 393-7462
Address: Canandaigua VA Medical Center
400 Fort Hill Avenue, Canandaigua, NY 14424

Northport Program Manager

Vanessa J. Brown, RN, BSN
Phone (631) 774-1707
Address:  Northport VA Medical Center
79 Middleville Road, Northport, NY 11768

Syracuse Program Manager

Bethany Joncas, LCSW, CCM
Phone: (315) 425-4426
Address: Syracuse VA Medical Center
800 Irving Avenue Syracuse, NY 13210

VA Hudson Valley Program Manager

Angel Rosario, LCSW
Phone (914) 737-4400 ext. 3261 or 4628
Address:  VA Hudson Valley Health Care System
2094 Albany Post Road, Montrose, NY 10548

VA New Jersey Program Manager

Alexander Herzog, LCSW
Phone: (973) 676-1000 ext. 1720
Address:  VA New Jersey Health Care System
385 Tremont Avenue, East Orange, NJ 07018

Robin Baptiste
Phone: (973) 647-0180, ext. 4094
Address: VA New Jersey Health Care System
151 Knollcroft Road, Lyons, NJ 07939

VA New York Harbor Program Manager

Richard Pinard, LCSW-R
Phone (212) 951-6838
Address: VA NY Harbor Health Care System
423 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010

VA Western New York Program Manager (Acting)

Rebecca Welch, LCSW-R  
Phone: (716) 862-7452
Address: VA Medical Center
3495 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215


Point of Contact for Returning Veterans/Service Members

VA Health Care New York/New Jersey VISN Point of Contact

Maureen J. Martin, RN, MS
Phone: 518-626-7318
Address:  113 Holland Ave, Bldg 67
Albany, NY 12208

VA Health Care New York/New Jersey Lead Program Manager

Dawn R. Smith, LCSW, CCM
Phone: (607) 664-4542
Address: Bath VA Medical Center
76 Veterans Avenue, Bath, NY 14810

 

Transition Patient Advocates for Returning Veterans/Service Members

VA Hudson Valley Transition Patient Advocate

Debra Lucas
Phone (914) 737-4400 ext. 2658 or ext. 4629
Address:  VA Hudson Valley Health Care System
2094 Albany Post Road, Montrose, NY 10548

Northport Transition Patient Advocate

Kathy F. Washburn
Phone (631) 261-4400 ext. 5273
Address:  Northport VA Medical Center
79 Middleville Road, Northport, NY 11768

VA Health Care New Jersey Transition Patient Advocate

Robin Baptiste
Phone: (973) 647-0180, ext. 4094
Address: VA New Jersey Health Care System
151 Knollcroft Road, Lyons, NJ 07939

VA Health Care Upstate New York Transition Patient Advocate

VACANT

 

Special Eligibility and Coordination of Care for Combat Veterans Serving in Combat Theater After 11/11/1998- Returning Servicemembers (OEF/OIF/OND)

VA is ready to provide health care and other medical services to our nation's returning OEF/OIF/OND Servicemembers. The New York/New Jersey VA Health Care Network has a team ready to welcome OEF/OIF/OND Servicemembers and to help coordinate their care. For more information about the various programs available for recent returning service members, log on to the Returning Servicemembers web site.

Veterans who served in a theater of combat operations also have special eligibility for VA health care. Under the "Combat Veteran" authority VA provides cost-free health care services and nursing home care for conditions possibly related to military service and enrollment in Priority Group 6 or higher for 5 years from the date of discharge or release from active duty, unless eligible for enrollment in a higher priority group.

Combat Veterans who enroll with VA under this enhanced Combat Veteran authority will continue to be enrolled even after their enhanced eligibility period ends, although they may be shifted to Priority Group 7 or 8, depending on their income level, and required to make applicable copays. Additionally, for care not related to combat service, copays may be required depending on their financial assessment and other special eligibility factors.

NOTE: The 5-year enrollment period applicable to these Veterans begins on the discharge or separation date of the service member from active duty military service, or in the case of multiple call-ups, the most recent discharge date.