The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently appointed 12 individuals to its Veterans Advisory Committee on Education — including the group’s chairperson, former U.S. Sen. James Webb, who garnered praise from VA Secretary David Shulkin.
“Sen. Webb has consistently put veterans first throughout his career,” Shulkin said. “He will bring outstanding experience and knowledge to the leadership of the committee … an extraordinary and diverse group of professionals who will bring their experiences and expertise for the good of our education programs.”
Supporting Webb will be vice chair Jared Lyon, who serves as president and CEO of Student Veterans of America.
Selected to round out the committee were Dawn Halfaker, founder and chief executive of Halfaker and Associates; Sandra Harris-Hooker, vice president and senior associate dean at Morehouse School of Medicine; Ashlynne Haycock, senior coordinator for Education Support Services for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors; Abby Kinch, veteran student and president of the Florida State University Student Veterans of America chapter; and Jefferson Bingham Miller, a senior legislative adviser at McDermott Will and Emery, a former congressman and one-time chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee; Javier Miyares, president of University of Maryland University College; Jack Tilley, former sergeant major of the Army; Robert Wallace, executive director, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Joseph Westcott, executive director of the North Carolina State Approving Agency; and Kyle Jerome White, a recipient of the Medal of Honor from the war in Afghanistan.