IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release

June 10, 2003

No. 03-11

Contact:
Mokie Porter

(301) 585-4000 Ext.146


 
Linda Schwartz Confirmed as Commissioner
of Veterans Affairs for connecticut

 


(Washington, D.C.) – "We are very pleased to learn that Linda Spoonster Schwartz, former Chair of Vietnam Veterans of America's National Task Force on Health Care, has been confirmed as Commissioner of Veterans Affairs for the State of Connecticut," said VVA National President Thomas H. Corey.

"We are proud of Linda and the recognition this important post brings to her and to Vietnam veterans. We applaud Governor John Rowland for his nomination of Dr. Schwartz."

Schwartz is medically retired from the U.S. Air Force due to injuries she received while on active duty as a Flight Nurse during the Vietnam War. She was stationed at Tachikawa Air Base, Japan (1989-1971) caring for the wounded as they were ferried from hospitals in Vietnam to other facilities for treatment. In 1998, she earned her doctorate in Public Health from the Yale School of Medicine's Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.

She is a member of the faculty at the Yale School of Nursing and has been deeply involved with veterans health care issues for more than three decades. She was instrumental in organizing the historic conference at Yale University last September between Vietnamese and American scientists exchanging information about the long-term environmental and health effects of Agent Orange. She was also a member of a VVA delegation that traveled to Hanoi in early 2002 to attend an international conference on the issue.

"I am deeply honored to have this opportunity to serve Connecticut and the men and women of our state who have served in the armed services of our nation. I will do my utmost to make sure that veterans are not left behind as government is forced to make difficult budget and service delivery choices," Schwartz said.

"Linda has served Vietnam veterans well over the last 30 years, and we are very excited that she will have the opportunity to put into action many of the ideas she has championed," Corey said.

Schwartz was confirmed by the Connecticut General Assembly.

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