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Delphine Metcalf-FosterMs. Metcalf-Foster serves as 2nd, Jr. Vice Commander for the Disabled American Veterans national organization and is the first-ever female minority to hold the position.She is a retired and decorated First Sergeant of the US Army Reserve with combat service in Desert Storm/Desert Shield.
Among other honors, she has received the following medals: Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Component Achievement Medal, and Southwest Asia Service Medal.
She is also retired from Alameda Naval Air Station as a Quality Assurance work leader.Ms. Metcalf-Foster is a member of the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Women Veterans which provides recommendations directly to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.She is an active member of Congressman George Miller's VA Committee and US Military Academy Committee.
In 2004-2005, she had the distinction of being State Commander for the Disabled American Veterans, the first female to hold the position in the organization's 81 years.She has also served as Treasurer on the National Board of Directors of the Disabled American Veterans.Ms. Metcalf-Foster is the recipient of the 2014 California Department of Veterans Affairs Trailblazer Award and was honored for her exemplary service and contributions to the women veteran community.
Delphine Metcalf-Foster, Disabled American Veterans' third national junior vice commander and Major Esther C. Sablan, who commands the 129th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 129th Rescue Wing at Moffett Field, will make presentations.
The first women elected as a DAV Department-level Commander, Delphine Metcalf-Foster (center), joined by DAV National Deputy Legislative Director Joy Ilem (left) andÂ Legislative Research ConsultantÂ Amy Hogan (right), is a special guest speaker at the California VAâ€™sÂ annual Women Veterans Leadership Conference, â€œA Call to Service; A Call to Action.â€
Delphine Metcalf-Foster was one such trailblazer for DAV.
A retired Army first sergeant and a veteran of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield, she was the first woman to be elected as a Department Commander in DAV history in 2004 for the Department of California.In addition, she was elected to DAVâ€™s National Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012, and served as its Treasurer.
â€œIt isnâ€™t about creating division between men and women veterans,â€ said Metcalf-Foster. â€œOur service is equitable, itâ€™s our perspectives that differ.
And that is what makes our collaboration so great when we work together as veterans, representing and encompassing the population as a whole.â€
Metcalf-Foster, who also serves as a member of the VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans in California, was tapped to speak to attendees at the leadership conference, along with other leaders in the women veteransâ€™ community.
Delphine Metcalf-Foster of Vallejo, a Solano County representative for the Disabled American Veterans organization, is in Washington, D.C., to lobby for veterans benefits. (Mike Jory/MediaNews Group)
Metcalf-Foster, 66, said.
"That is a large number," Metcalf-Foster said.
Metcalf-Foster, who sits on two veterans advisory committees for Rep.
Today, Metcalf-Foster, who chairs the group's California volunteers division, will join hundreds of other veterans in meeting face-to-face with lawmakers.
"The Department of Veterans Affairs should be more vigilant in talking to women ... and adjusting their hospitals to women's issues," said Metcalf-Foster.
"A lot of women don't use the system."
One reason, she said, is because some facilities lack women's support groups.
Or, in some cases, women are unaware of the female outreach coordinators available to them.
"I have gotten calls from women (who are sexual assault victims) who say, 'I don't want to talk to a man about it,' " Metcalf-Foster said.
"When I first went to the VA (in 1992), there was no support group for women.
Now I see them making an effort to add services and put more women in key positions."
Locally, Metcalf-Foster works with Miller's District Seven staff to help give a voice to veterans issues.She also sits on the district's military academy interview board.
"Delphine is not afraid to speak up.
She's been a real asset for us."
Metcalf-Foster also volunteers regularly at Ralph Bunche High School in Oakland, a continuation school for about 250 inner city students.
As a former teenage mom, the 1960 Vallejo High School graduate said she can relate to the students and their issues.
Recently, she started giving away a laptop yearly to the student with the best attendance.
"I gave her pointers going in," Metcalf-Foster said.
"'Report any abuse.
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