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OSA Staff Biographies

Image of Ms. YeldellMrs. Wendy Yeldell was appointed as the Acting Director of the Office of Survivors Assistance, Department of Veterans Affairs, on June 16, 2014. Prior to this appointment, Mrs. Yeldell served as Senior Program Analyst for the Office of Human Resources and Administration for the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Before joining the VA, Mrs. Yeldell retired from the Army with over 30 years of service.

Colonel Yeldell’s final assignment was Medical Brigade commander for a Medical Training Brigade. She had the overall responsibility for the planning and execution of premier major medical exercises with participants from all branches of the military

Prior to her command, Colonel Yeldell served as the Deputy Director for the Reserve Affairs Directorate, United States Army Medical Command at Fort Sam Houston, TX.

Colonel Yeldell has held numerous positions to include Chief of Readiness/Senior Army Reserve Advisor at the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC; Medical Operations Officer, US Army Reserve Command, Crystal City, VA and Special Assistant for Health and Logistics, Office of Secretary of Defense, Legislative Affairs, Washington, DC.

Mrs. Yeldell earned her Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College, Carlisle, PA, and a Master’s Certificate in Health Services Administration from Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI. Mrs. Yeldell earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Mrs. Yeldell is married to Colonel (retired) Anthony Yeldell (USMA’79). They have three children, the youngest; Anthony is a cadet at the United Stated Military Academy.



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