TRENTON – While dedicating the state’s new World War II Memorial on Veterans Day last week, Gov. Jon Corzine announced appointments to the state Commission on Women Veterans to better address the needs of New Jersey residents who served in the military. Among the 12 commission members appointed by the Governor is Anna Elizabeth Yersevich of Clark.
In announcing appointments to the 15-member Commission on Women Veterans, Corzine said it was important to review the needs, priorities, programs, and policies relating to women who have served in the military. Areas to be addressed include housing, health care, job training, and outreach.
“I am pleased we will have this commission in place to address these critical needs of women who performed double-duty to keep the fabric of this country together – and strong – during its most trying era,” Corzine said.
The commission is located in the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and will submit a report to the governor six months after organization.
Yersevich has extensive experience in health services and military. From 1986 to 1994, she was in the Air Force Reserves at McGuire Air Force Base. In 1991 she was called to active duty and stationed at Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany, in support of Operation Desert Storm.
Yersevich has also worked in several hospitals. She has been a registered nurse at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston (’83-’88), Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick (’95-’96), and Phoenix Health Care, Inc. in Englewood Cliffs (’94-’99).
Three members of the Commission on Women Veterans are ex officio: The Commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and the Director of the Division on Women in the Department of Community Affairs.
The 12 appointed by Corzine are: Anna Elizabeth Yersevich (Clark), Lisa K. Szymanski (Oxford), Anna M. Hoffman (Whitehouse Station), Virginia Dempsey (Piscataway), Marinee Temme (Sicklerville), Mary J. Kelly (Montclair), Jennifer L. Tanforan (Lawrenceville), Major Yvonne Mays (Medford), Lt. Col. Teresa B. Acocella (Annandale), Captain Gwyn R. Johnson (Woodbury), Major Kimberly Jamison (Hainesport) and Chief Master Sergeant Donna Wertz (New Egypt).
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