(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
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