With the appointment of Sheronne Blasi, the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs will have its first female Director. She will replace Cameron Smith, who previously served a five-year stint in the Marine Corps, leaving as a captain. Blasi also brings an impressive and unique military resume to the job. She served in the U.S. Navy for 14 years, starting as an enlisted sailor and then becoming a commissioned Supply Corps officer through the Navy’s Enlisted Commissioning Program.
Separate from the well-known U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs which administers federal programs benefiting veterans and their families, many states also have their own Veterans Affairs departments which assist veterans seeking to access federal benefits, administer separate state-level programs, and facilitate partnerships with non-profits and veteran service organizations. The Oregon Department of Veterans affairs is one such agency.
We wish Director Blasi the best during her tenure, and we expect that her service as both an enlisted member and officer in the Navy will provide her with the perspective needed to serve Oregon’s veterans effectively, efficiently, and compassionately.
For more information on the Oregon Department of veterans affairs, visit their site here.
If you are considering a career as an officer in the U.S. Navy and would like more information about how to pursue a commission, visit the Navy’s official recruiting site here.
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