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VA announces new members for women veterans committee

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced six new members Friday for a committee designed to provide insight on the issues facing the 1.8 million women veterans.

“The Advisory Committee on Women Veterans’ significantly guides VA’s efforts to identify and address the ever changing needs of women Veterans,” VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said. “Women serving in the military are essential components of our Nation’s success. In honor of their service, VA is committed to providing women Veterans with quality care and preparing for their evolving needs.”

Below is the bio information the VA provided on the committee’s new members:

  • Sherri Brown, Alexandria, Va. A Veteran of the Coast Guard Reserves; currently serves as Senior Vice President for Service to the Armed Forces for the American Red Cross.
  • Latoya Lucas, Rocky Mount, N.C. A retired Army specialist, with combat service in Iraq; currently works as a motivational speaker.
  • Sara J. McVicker, Washington, D.C.  A former Army Corps nurse, with service in Vietnam; currently serves as a member of Vietnam Veterans of America’s National Women Veterans Committee.
  • Delphine Metcalf-Foster, Vallejo, Calif. A retired Army first sergeant, with service in Desert Storm/Desert Shield; currently serves as a member of Disabled American Veterans’ Department of California Women’s Committee.
  • Robin Patrick, Virginia Beach, Va. A Veteran of the U.S. Navy and Army National Guard; currently serves as a Veterans’ advocate for women Veterans, homeless Veterans, disabled adults, and families.
  • Felipe Torres, Helotes, Texas.  A retired Marine Corps colonel, with service in Vietnam; currently serves as a women Veterans advocate.

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