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Center for Women Veterans (CWV)


Advisory Committee on Women Veterans

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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 »

ACWV Members in Action!

August 2019 ACWV Meeting - Everybody smile.  Suprise group photo. August 2019 ACWV Meeting - ACWV hammering down on important topics about women Veterans. August 2019 ACWV Meeting - Working hard during the meeting. August 2019 ACWV Meeting - and still working hard after.  ACWV’s commitment to women Veterans never stops.


Advisory Committee on Women Veterans - as of 05/2018

  • 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.
  • Kate Germano, National Harbor, MD.  A retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel; currently, a consultant, writer, and advocate for Servicewomen and women Veterans.
  • Lisa Kirk, 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.
  • 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.