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The Honorable Linda Schwartz

RN, MSN, DrPH, FAAN

Veterans’ Healthcare Consultant

Dr. Schwartz served in the USAF during the Vietnam War, (1967-1986).  She retired in 1986 after sustaining injuries in an aircraft accident while serving as a Flight Nurse Instructor. She holds two degrees from Yale, Master of Science in Nursing (1984) and Doctorate in Public Health, School of Medicine (1998). She was an Advisor to the US Secretary of Veterans Affairs (1989-1998) on Readjustment of Combat Veterans, Women Veterans, Homelessness and Mental Health Care. Dr. Schwartz served as Connecticut Commissioner of Veterans Affairs (2003-2014). She acquired over $70 M in Federal Grants to improve the aging Rocky Hill Veterans Home, including the 2005 construction of the Sgt. John L. Levitow Veterans Health Center. She was President Barak Obama nominee to be Assistant Secretary of Veteran Affairs for Policy and Planning (2014-2017). She was elected/served one National Board of Directors of the American Nurses Association, Vietnam Veterans of America and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial. In 1990, she founded the Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund, which provided thousands of dollars to assist military/veteran support programs throughout the Nation.  In 2001, she was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing.   Other Honors include:  Yale University “2017 Jefferson Award for Public Service”; “VA Meritorious Service Award”; National Commendation Medal of Vietnam Veterans of America for “Justice, Integrity, and Meaningful. She has the distinction of being inducted into the Veterans Hall of Fame of both her home State of Ohio (2004) and Connecticut (2016). Dr. Schwartz is currently the Chairman of the Steering Committee for VA’s National Vietnam Veterans Mortality Study, Associate Clinical Professor of Nursing at Yale School of Nursing. In 2019, she was honored by the American Academy of Nursing as a “Living Legend” for her lifetime dedication to “Healing the Wounds of War”.