04 September 2013

Linda Schwartz Named as VA Asst Secretary Policy & Planning

Connecticut Gov. Malloy, Lt. Gov. Wyman Statements on
Appointment of Commissioner Linda Schwartz to
the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs
(note: retired AF flight nurse Linda Schwartz, who previously flew with the 74th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, has left her post as Connecticut's Commissioner for Veterans Affairs to assume duties as Assistant Secretary for VA Policy and Planning. She has been a firm advocate for C-123 exposure issues.)

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman applauded Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Linda Schwartz on her nomination to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. If confirmed, Commissioner Schwartz will serve as the new Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Policy and Planning, a key administration position.

“I applaud President Obama on his nomination,” said Governor Malloy. “For more than ten years, Commissioner Schwartz has been a strong and important voice for veterans in Connecticut, and she is an excellent choice to serve veterans on a national level. Her appointment is also a great loss for
Connecticut. The Commissioner’s integrity and her work on behalf of Connecticut’s veterans and women veterans, and on the Governor’s Veterans Cabinet has a critical impact on improving how the state delivers programs and services to our veterans and military service members. She has greatly improved the lives of our military men and women.”

“I have known and worked with Commissioner Schwartz for a very long time and have witnessed her commitment and passion for countless veteran’s issues first- hand,” Lt. Governor Wyman said. “Connecticut has been fortunate to have her service and her patriotism, and I am confident that in her new role she will bring that same unmatched sense of caring to our nation’s veterans.”

Commissioner Linda Spoonster Schwartz, a retired U.S. Air Force nurse who served from 1968-1986, has led the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs since 2003. She is a member of the Governor’s Veterans Cabinet, an in initiative launched by Governor Malloy in 2012 to improve delivery of services to veterans, and played a key role in the creation of veterans.ct.gov, a one-stop tool that links veterans and their families to other state and federal agencies offering services in areas such as employment and job training, health care and education.

Commissioner Schwartz is also the President of the Board of the Connecticut State Veterans Memorial, the state’s first memorial honoring all Connecticut veterans. The Veterans Memorial is being constructed in Minuteman Park across from the William A. O’Neill State Armory in Hartford and will be a site for official observances, activities, and ceremonies that honor veterans. 

Message from VVA National President John Rowan
I am proud to announce that one of our own, Dr. Linda Spoonster Schwartz, has been nominated for the position of Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Policy and Planning at the VA. Linda has been a tireless fighter on behalf of veterans and a long- standing member of VVA. We look forward to her having a large impact on VA operations. Congratulations Linda! 

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