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Center for Women Veterans (CWV)

 

Advisory Committee on Women Veterans

Current News

Octavia Harris: San Antonio Veteran Helping Shape Women's Care At VA – [01/29/2017] There are over 2.2 million women Veterans in the U.S., and about 37,000 in San Antonio alone.  Read more » External link to a non-government website

VA Appoints New Chair, Members of Advisory Committee on Women Veterans – [01/05/2018] Octavia Harris, a retired U.S. Navy command master chief petty officer, has been named chairwoman of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Advisory Committee on Women Veterans.  Read more » External link to a non-government website

New Members Appointed to VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans – [01/03/2018] Four new members have been appointed to VA’s Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, an expert panel that advises the secretary on issues and programs impacting women Veterans.  Chartered in 1983, the committee conducts meetings and site visits in order to make policy recommendations as well as legislative changes.  Read more »

San Antonio Veteran Named Chairwoman Of National VA Advisory Committee – [01/03/2018] The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced Tuesday that Octavia Harris, a San Antonio-area Veteran, is the new chairwoman of the National Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, a panel that advises the VA secretary on issues important to women Veterans, their families and their caregivers.  Read more » External link to a non-government website

Chairwoman and New Members Appointed to VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans – [01/02/2018] Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the appointment of a new chairwoman and four new members to the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, an expert panel that advises the VA Secretary on issues and programs of importance to women Veterans, their families and caregivers.  Read more »

Prior News

Background

The Advisory Committee on Women Veterans (ACWV) was established and chartered in November 1983 by Public Law 98-160.  The Advisory Committee on Women Veterans assesses the needs of women Veterans, with respect to VA programs such as compensation, rehabilitation, outreach, healthcare, etc.  The Committee reviews VA’s programs, activities, research projects and other initiatives designed to meet the needs of women Veterans; and makes recommendations to the Secretary on ways to improve, modify, and affect change in programs and services for women Veterans and follows up on all those recommendations.

Advisory Committee Reports and Meeting Minutes

The Advisory Committee prepares and issues various reports, summaries, and proceedings addressing issues related to Women Veterans.  Learn more »

Members

  • Octavia Harris (Chair), San Antonio, TX.  A retired U.S. Navy Command Master Chief, with service in Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom; currently serves as a Veterans  advocate and independent consultant.
  • Kailyn Bobb, Plumas Lake, CA.  A U.S. Air Force Veteran; currently serving as a post-doctoral psychology fellow, and participating in various Veterans-specific research endeavors.
  • Lisa Kirk Brown, Stuart, FL.  A retired Maryland Air National Guard Lieutenant Colonel and Doctor of Public Health; a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans (DAV), currently serving as the Chair of DAV’s Hospital and Voluntary Services Committee.
  • Kate Germano, Upper Marlboro, MD.  A retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel; currently serves as director of talent acquisition and management for a small company in Washington DC.
  • Moses McIntosh, Hephzibah, GA.  A retired U.S. Army chief warrant officer and immediate past national commander of the Disabled American Veterans, where he served as the official spokesman and provided leadership to the National Executive Committee.
  • Shannon McLaughlin, Esq., Sharon, MA.  A Lieutenant Colonel serving full-time in the Massachusetts National Guard, with overseas service in Operation Enduring Freedom; currently serves as a judge advocate.
  • Yareli Mendoza, Iowa City, IA.  A U.S. Air Force Veteran pursuing a doctorate of philosophy degree in higher education and student affairs, with a specialization in higher education administration and policy.
  • Karen O’Brien, University Place, WA.  A retired U.S. Army Colonel, with deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; currently serves as a compensation and pension physician for the Veterans Benefits Administration in American Lake, WA.
  • Keronica Richardson, Gaithersburg, MD.  A U.S. Army Veteran with deployments in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom; currently serving as the assistant director for Women and Minority Veterans Outreach at the American Legion.
  • Janet M. West, Jacksonville, FL.  A U.S. Navy Commander serving on active duty, with service in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom; currently serves as senior medical officer at Jacksonville Naval Air Station Branch Health Clinic.
  • Wanda Wright, Tempe, AZ.  A retired U.S. Air Force colonel, currently serving as the director of the Arizona Department of Veterans Services, where she is a state cabinet member, providing leadership and direction for administering benefits and services to Veterans and their dependents.
  • Betty Yarbrough, Kewanee, IL.  A retired U. S. Army Colonel, with deployments in support of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom; immediate past military director of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services.