Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

New Members Appointed to Committee on Women Veterans

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

New Members Appointed to Committee on Women Veterans

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Four new members have been appointed to the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), an expert panel that advises VA on issues and programs affecting women veterans.

"I am pleased to welcome the newest members of this committee to the important job of serving America's women veterans," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James B. Peake. "Members of this committee work tirelessly on behalf of women veterans to improve outreach, ensure access to VA benefits and recommend ways in which VA can better meet their needs."

Established in 1983, the advisory committee makes recommendations for administrative and legislative changes. The committee members are appointed to one-, two-, or three-year terms. The new committee members include: Rene A. Campos from Washington, D.C.; Helena R. Carapellatti from Upper Marlboro, Maryland; Barbara Pittman from Washington, D.C.; and Rosemarie (Rose) Weber from Springfield, Virginia.

"The expertise and perspectives that the new members offer are greatly appreciated and will surely impact the recommendations presented by the Committee. I look forward to their contributions," Peake said.

Women veterans are one of the fastest growing segments of the veteran population. There are approximately 1.7 million women veterans. They comprise 7 percent of the total veteran population and nearly 5 percent of all veterans who use VA healthcare services. VA estimates that by 2020 women veterans will comprise 10 percent of the veteran population.

VA has women veterans program managers at VA medical centers and women veterans coordinators at VA regional offices to assist women veterans with health and benefits issues.

This information was first published via VA news release on January 3, 2008.

The members of the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans are:

Shirley Ann Quarles, Chair, McCormick, South Carolina. Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve, Nurse Corps; currently a professor at Medical College of Georgia's School of Nursing.

Rene A. Campos, Washington, D.C. A retired Navy Commander; currently serves as the Deputy Director of Family Matters, Government Relations, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).

Helena R. Carapellatti, Upper Marlboro, Maryland. A retired Chief Master Sergeant, Air National Guard; currently tutors with the Literacy Council of Prince George's County and owns a business with her spouse. …

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