Press Release

November 10, 2001

No. 01-31
301 585-4000 Contact: Mokie  Porter


Washington, D.C. – Linda Spoonster Schwartz, the Chair of VVA’s National Committee on Veterans’ Health Care, a research scientist at the Yale School of Nursing, and a longtime Vietnam veterans advocate, recently was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing for her leadership role in health-care advocacy for Vietnam War veterans.

“Linda Schwartz embodies what is best in nursing and what is best about those who have worked long and hard on behalf of the men and women who served in the Vietnam War,” said Thomas H. Corey, Vietnam Veterans of America’s National President. “Linda’s important work continues to advance both science and justice.”

Schwartz has a long history of involvement in nursing and veterans organizations.  Medically retired as a Major and Senior Flight Nurse from the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps, she served during the Vietnam War.  She has devoted her nursing practice to healing the wounds of war and improving the lives of all of America’s 26 million veterans. 

“Many of my friends, both men and women, who served in the Vietnam War are dying,” said Schwartz.  “These are veterans who don’t have an answer.  The Yale School of Nursing has given me a wonderful opportunity to bring all of its vast expertise and resources to help unravel the mystery plaguing these veterans.”

Schwartz regularly testifies on veterans issues on Capitol Hill, at the National Academy of Science, and at the Environmental Protection Agency.   She has served as President of the Connecticut Nurses Association and as a member of the American Nurses Association’s Board of Directors.  Over the last 12 years, she has been an appointed consultant to the Secretary of Veteran Affairs as Chair of the Advisory Committee on Women Affairs, Vice-chair of the Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Combat Veterans, and a member of the Committee on Care of Seriously Mentally Ill Veterans. 

She is a former Treasurer and Director of Legislative Affairs for the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Project and a former member of the National Board of Directors of Vietnam Veterans of America. Schwartz continues her work on behalf of veterans through her TriService Nursing Research Program—a study of the health of women who served in Vietnam, funded by the Department of Defense.

Throughout her distinguished career Schwartz has received many awards and honors.  Most recently, she received a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for an international conference on “The Long-term Ecological and Human Consequences of the Vietnam War,” which will bring scientists from this country and Vietnam together to study the lingering effects of the Vietnam War.

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