Four New Members Appointed to VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced the addition of four new members of the VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans. The new members will serve two-year terms and join three existing members who were re-elected to the committee.

Among the new members is Ms. Octavia Harris, retired Command Master Chief in the U.S. Navy. Harris is serving as a program manager of the Comprehensive Advanced Restorative Effort at the San Diego Naval Medical Center. Also on the committee is Ms. Louisa Long, retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army and currently serving as President and CEO of Technical and Project Engineering, LLC.

The third new board member is Dr. Joyce Johnson, retired Rear Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service and a practicing doctor in the public health/preventative medicine sector. Johnson serves as a global health and public health management consultant. The final new member is Ms. Shannon McLaughlin, a Major who is currently serving full time in the Massachusetts National Guard and has prior combat service experience in Afghanistan.

These women, along with the three existing committee members, are tasked with advising the Secretary of the VA regarding administrative and legislative changes to VA policies and procedures to better serve female veterans. With over two million women veterans living today, female veterans comprise 9.2 percent of the veteran population.

The VA estimates the women veteran population will rise to 16 percent of the overall veteran population by 2040. To meet the ever-increasing demand for women-centric services such as OBGYN care at VA facilities, the committee will review and revise current policies and programs to ensure all possible steps are taken to best serve our female veterans.

Any veteran, regardless of gender, is eligible for veterans disability benefits if he or she meets the eligibility requirements. If you believe you meet the requirements and filed a claim only to be denied compensation, contact Veterans Help Group® today. Call 1-855-855-8992.