Sherri Brown, Senior Vice President for the American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces, has been appointed to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, an expert panel that advises the VA on issues and programs affecting women veterans.
The committee helps guide the VA’s efforts to identify and address the needs of women veterans. Established in 1983, the advisory committee makes recommendations to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki, on administrative and legislative changes.
“This is quite an honor,” Brown said. “Of the more than 23 million veterans in this country, almost two million are women. I look forward to helping the Veterans Administration meet their evolving needs and ensuring they receive the quality support they deserve.”
Brown is one of six new appointees to the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans. Others include Latoya Lucas, Rocky Mount, N.C.; Sara J. McVicker, Washington, D.C.; Delphine Metcalf-Foster, Vallejo, Calif.; Robin Patrick, Virginia Beach, Va.; and Felipe Torres, Helotes, Texas.
Women are one of the fastest growing segments of the Veterans populations. They comprise nearly eight percent of the total U.S. Veterans population, and it is estimated that by 2020, that number will grow to ten percent.