VA Appoints New Women's Committee Members

Washington, DC — Four new members have been appointed to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, an expert panel founded in 1983 that advises VA’s Secretary on issues and programs impacting women Veterans.

“VA values the transformational guidance the Committee has provided over the past 33 years, and relies on to the members to utilize their diverse perspectives in anticipating the emerging needs of women Veterans,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald. “The new appointees will provide unique insight, as VA strives to gauge the evolving needs of women Veterans.”

The new members are as follows:

  • Lisa Kirk Brown, a retired Maryland Air National Guard Lieutenant Colonel currently serving as a member of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs’ Women Veterans Advisory Committee; a member of the Whatcom County Veterans Advisory Board; and a Disabled American Veterans service officer.
  • Kate Germano, a retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel currently serving as chief operating officer for Service Women’s Action Network, a non-profit organization solely focused on supporting the needs of service women and women Veterans.
  • Karen O’Brien, a retired U.S. Army Colonel with deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom currently serving as a compensation and pension physician for the Veterans Benefits Administration in American Lake, WA.
  • Betty Yarbrough, a retired U.S. Army Colonel with deployments in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom; and immediate past military director of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, where she served as the primary advisor to the Secretary of Defense for Personal and Readiness on all matters pertaining to women in the armed forces.

Additionally, committee members Octavia Harris and Sharon McLaughlin, Esq. have been reappointed for an additional term. Link

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