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VA Secretary Appoints Mass. Guard Officer
to National Committee

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – The Secretary of Veteran’s Administration, The Honorable Robert A. McDonald has appointed Maj. Shannon McLaughlin of the Massachusetts National Guard to the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans (ACWV) for a two year term. McLaughlin was chosen for this position after a nationwide open selection process.


“I applaud Sec. McDonald for appointing Maj. McLaughlin to the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans,” said Maj. Gen. L. Scott Rice, adjutant general of the Massachusetts National Guard. Maj McLaughlin has been a tireless advocate for women in military and I’m confident with her leadership and participation on this committee, women service members will continue excel.”


The ACWV is a twelve-member committee established and chartered in November 1983 by Public Law 98-160. The Advisory Committee on Women Veteran’s assesses the needs of women Veterans, with respect to VA programs such as compensation, rehabilitation, outreach and healthcare. The committee reviews VA programs, activities, research projects and other initiatives designed to meet the needs of women Veterans. The committee will make recommendations to the VA Secretary on ways to improve, modify, and affect change in programs and services for women Veterans.


McLaughlin currently serves in the Massachusetts National Guard as its deputy chief counsel and chief of operational law. McLaughlin's 18 years of military experience as a US Navy enlisted Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, and her current service in the Massachusetts National Guard will provide her a firm foundation for participation in the ACWV.


"I am honored and thrilled to be selected for this important committee,” said McLaughlin. “I am a customer of the VA system and know that women's participation continues to grow. How the VA delivers services that are relevant, comprehensive and timely for women is an area of increasing challenge and I am happy to be a small part of making it better” she said.



Charlie Baker

Governor of Massachusetts

Major General
Gary Keefe

The Adjutant General

Command Sergeant Major
Carlos Ramos Rivera

State Command Sergeant Major


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