Ms. Loree Sutton, a retired U.S. Army Brigadier General, has just been named New York City’s next Commissioner of Veterans’ Affairs.
Ms. Sutton, a psychiatrist with more than 25 years of military and civilian leadership experience, has demonstrated a deep commitment to rehabilitating and supporting veterans. As the U. S. Army’s highest-raking psychiatrist 2007 -20110, Sutton designed, organized and led the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury where she pioneered new approaches for helping returning veterans recover from exposure to highly traumatic events.
During her military service she was deployed in diverse theaters, including Fort Hood, Texas and Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait and Egypt.
In civilian life, she is co-founder of Threshold Global Works, a social impact enterprise and has served as board chair of Homeward Bound Adirondacks, an organization focused on providing support for veterans
New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand hailed the Sutton appointment: “She is a true reformer in spirit, tough as nails, but also deeply compassionate… Loree’s depth of knowledge concerning the diverse facets of military culture, community public health imperatives and the pressing reintegration needs of veterans will be an extraordinary asset to Mayor de Blasio’s administration.”
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