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Chairwoman and New Members Appointed to Vet Affairs Advisory Committee on Women Unites States Veterans

Chairwoman and New Members Appointed to Veteran Affairs Advisory Committee on Women Veteran

January 2, 2018, 12:14:00 PM

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USA — Today the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (Vet Affairs) announced the appointment of a new chairwoman and four new members to the Advisory Committee on Women Vets, an expert panel that advises the Vets Affairs Secretary on issues and programs of importance to women US Veterans, their families and caregivers.  

“As US VA.Gov continues to work toward modernization, the committee’s guidance will assist the Dept. in meeting the important and evolving needs of women US Veterans,” said US Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “The new chairwoman and new appointees’ deep and broad perspectives are invaluable in anticipating these needs.” 

 Established in 1983, the committee provides policy and legislative recommendations to the Secretary. 

Current member Octavia Harris, a retired U.S. Navy command master chief petty officer from San Antonio, Texas, is appointed as the new chairwoman of the committee.  The following are new members of the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans: 

  • Moses McIntosh, of Hephzibah, Georgia, is a retired U.S. Army chief warrant officer and immediate past national commander of the Disabled American Veteran, where he served as the official spokesman and provided leadership to the National Executive Committee. 
  • Yareli Mendoza, of Iowa City, Iowa, is a U.S. Air Force US Veterans. She is pursuing a doctorate of philosophy degree in higher education and student affairs, with a specialization in higher education administration and policy.  
  • Keronica Richardson, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, is a U.S. Army US Veterans with deployments in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. She serves as the assistant director for Women and Minority Vet Outreach at the American Legion. 
  • Wanda Wright, of Tempe, Arizona, is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, currently serving as the director of the Arizona Department of Vets Services, where she is a state cabinet member, providing leadership and direction for administering benefits and services to Veteran and their dependents. 

In addition, committee members Dr. Kailyn Bobb, a U.S. Air Force Vets, from Plumas Lake, California, and Commander Janet West, of the U.S. Navy, are reappointed for an additional term. 

For information about VA’s benefits and services for women Veteran, visit[3] or contact the Women USA Veterans Call Center at 855-829-6636.  The call center is eligible to address concerns of women US Vets, their families and caregivers from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (EST), and Saturday, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (EST). 


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