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Vietnam Veterans observance slated Wednesday


National Vietnam War Veterans Day will be observed on March 29 and Dr. Julianne Flynn, executive director of VA South Texas Health Care, will be the guest speaker at El Progreso Memorial Library.

Flynn will speak on commemorating Vietnam veterans and share her priorities for veterans. She will take some questions from the public.

Uvalde County Veterans Service Officer Everardo “Lalo” Zamora said the public is invited to attend the ceremony, which is set to begin at 11 a.m.

Thirteen Uvalde County men died in Vietnam, including Juan Antu, U.S. Army; Juan Frank Aranda, U.S. Marine Corps; Alanson G. Bynum, U.S. Air Force; Arnoldo J. Cardenas, U.S. Army; Guillermo “Willie” De Leon Jr., U.S. Army; Gregorio H. Flores, U.S. Navy; Raymundo Gomez, U.S. Army; Juan A. Gonzales, U.S. Army; James R. Harrell, U.S. Marine Corps; James Y. Hidalgo, U.S. Army; Juan M. Ramos, U.S. Army; Alberto V. Sanchez, U.S. Marine Corps; and Reynaldo S. Torres, U.S. Army.

Flynn, a retired Air Force colonel, is certified in internal medicine and psychiatry.

She deployed as a critical care air transport physician and was assigned in Baghdad, Iraq, as the Chief of Emergency Services at the 447th Expeditionary Medical Support.

She received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of New York and a medical degree from the University of Chicago. 

She completed a combined internal medicine and psychiatry residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

She began her role as executive director on Jan. 1, 2023, and oversees services for more than 114,000 veterans. 

Per the U.S. Department of Veterans Affair website, “Flynn has held key leadership positions within the Department of Veterans Affairs, having served as Acting Deputy Assistant Under Secretary for Health (DAUSH) for the Office of Integrated Veteran Care (IVC), Acting Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Office of Community Care (OCC), Acting DAUSH for OCC, and a special advisor to the AUSH for OCC where she managed more than 7,000 OCC staff.”

The event is being organized by the American Legion Post and Auxiliary Unit 479, the Uvalde de las Encinas Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, El Progreso Memorial Library and Uvalde County.