A Look at the CARES commission

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Members of the Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services commission are:

Everett Alvarez Jr., chairman: A naval officer and government executive, the first American aviator shot down over North Vietnam, taken as prisoner of war and held for 8 years. Has served as deputy director of the Peace Corps, deputy administrator for the VA and vice president for government services with the Hospital Corporation of America before starting a consulting company in Virginia.

Raymond John Vogel, vice chairman: An Army veteran and president of a consulting company in Florida, worked in the Department of Veterans Affairs for 33 years in a variety of capacities.

Former director at medical centers in Florida and South Carolina.

Charles Battaglia: Has more than 35 years of service in executive and legislative branches of the federal government. Former staff director of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, former senior staff member and director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Had an extensive career as a naval officer.

Dr. Joseph Binard: Senior staff research consultant in bioengineering and a clinical instructor of urology at the University of Wisconsin. Retired Navy captain, served as national director of the spinal cord injury program in Washington, D.C., and chief of spinal cord injury service at the VA medical centers in Virginia and Florida before retiring from the VA in 1996.

Raymond Boland: Vietnam War veteran, served in Army 30 years. Serves as secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, current president of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs.

Chad Colley: Has served in numerous positions with veterans associations, including national commander of the Disabled American Veterans. Lost both legs and an arm after stepping on a mine in Vietnam, where he served as commanding officer of an infantry company in the 101st Airborne Division. Double gold medallist from the Albertville, France, Paralympics.

Vernice Ferguson: Former senior fellow in the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. First chairperson of the Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs Foundation, which supports scholarships and research grants for VA nurses.

Former assistant chief medical director for nursing programs in the VA. Former chief nurse at two VA medical centers.

Dr. John Kendall: Dean emeritus and professor of medicine emeritus, Oregon Health Sciences University. A VA physician and academic affiliations officer for VISN 20, which includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska.

Dr. Richard McCormick: Serves in private practice in Ohio. Consults on quality assurance issues in mental health. Served the Department of Veterans Affairs for 30 years in various positions related to the mental health field.

Dr. Layton McCurdy: Dean emeritus and professor of psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina. Has served as president of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, president of the American College of Psychiatrists and president of the Association of Chairmen of Departments of Psychiatry.

Richard Pell Jr.: Senior vice president-administration of Genesis Health Ventures Inc.

Former director of the VA in West Virginia and chief of staff for the VA before that.

Robert ``Bob'' Ray: Navy veteran with more than 37 years of experience in business and veterans issues. Former state commander of the American Legion in Ohio. Retired as senior manufacturing engineer from Ford Motor Co.

Sister Patricia Vandenberg: Eastern U.S. area coordinator of the Sisters of the Holy Cross. Former director of the health-care MBA program at Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio. Former president and chief executive officer for Holy Cross Health, one of the largest and oldest Catholic health systems.

Jo Ann Webb: Served as an Army nurse, current director of Federal Relations and Policy for the American Organization of Nurse Executives. Has held two presidential appointments as assistant secretary for Policy and Planning and as director of the National Cemetery System for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Received the Army Commendation Medal and the Exceptional Service Award from the VA.

Michael Wyrick: Major general, USAF Ret.

Served as deputy surgeon of the Air Force Medical Service. Is current executive director of a nonprofit association of 13 hospitals in northern Virginia.

Former president of the National Capital Region Emergency Response, a nonprofit organization coordinating emergency preparedness in Washington, D.C., area.

Al Zamberlan: Served in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Has more than 37 years experience in health-care management, consulting, strategic planning and new business development. Served in the VA in a variety of positions for 32 years. Former regional director of the Veterans Health Administration for the Central Region and Great Lakes Region.

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