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Ms. Marlene Roll

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Director of Erie County Veterans ...

Local Address: Buffalo, New York, United States
Erie County

Employment History

  • Veterans Service Agency Director
    Erie County
  • Adviser
    Post 12097
  • Junior Vice Commander
    VFW Magazine
  • Director
    Erie County Veterans' Service Agency

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Post 12097
  • Member of National Women's Veterans Committee
    VFW Magazine
  • State Membership Vice Chairwoman
    VFW Magazine
  • Director
    Erie County Veterans & VFW Alden Post
36 Total References
Web References
In The News - Buffalo, NY VFW Post 12097 Female Started VFW Post, 22 Feb 2013 [cached]
Post 12097's founder and current adviser, Marlene Roll, 48, who was stationed in Oman as an operating-room technician during Operation Desert Storm, said she hesitantly began the push to form the post in 2010 after ascending through the mostly male hierarchy of the V.F.W., where she saw the difficulties faced by women in the military.
"It was an effort to sort of draw them out of the woodwork," Ms. Roll said.
With a gavel and laptop, the post's commander, Beth Maddigan, an Army reservist who served with Ms. Roll in Oman, led the meeting.
WEST SENECA, N.Y. (AP) - As one of the few female officers in New York's Veterans of Foreign Wars organization, Marlene Roll heard the questions all the time: Why don't more women join the VFW? How can we change that? As she set out to start the nation's first female VFW post, it turned out the answers had to do not only with gender, but generation.
"For years, it was really a loss for me as to what the issues were, why women weren't coming in," said Roll, a former sergeant in the Army Reserves who served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm before joining the VFW in 1991.
She found that women returning from war to juggle jobs, kids and continuing training aren't looking for a place to view their military service in the rear-view mirror, like the servicemen from past generations who make up the bulk of membership in the nation's oldest and largest combat veterans' organization.
And those "men's clubs" weren't necessarily the place for female discussions about current issues like breast cancer concerns from war-zone burn pits.
"I really hated the idea of putting the glass ceiling back in place by giving (women) their own post," said Roll, Erie County's Veterans Service Agency director.
It's also assigned a chairwoman to every state to be in contact with women veterans, Roll said.
Roll and DeRouche hope volunteers come forward as auxiliary members to help out.
Marlene Roll, who helped form the woman-focused post in the town of West Seneca, N.Y., near Buffalo, said some posts don't do much to make women feel welcome. She's heard the stories of women bringing their discharge papers in, only to be told to go to the Ladies Auxiliary.
Post Officers - Buffalo, NY VFW Post 12097 Female Started VFW Post, 7 Oct 2014 [cached]
Marlene Roll Post Advisor
Testifying on behalf of the ..., 25 Sept 2013 [cached]
Testifying on behalf of the VFW was Marlene Roll, the Director of New York's Erie County Veterans Service Agency and a member of VFW's National Women Veterans' Committee. She told committee members that VA must move swiftly to address the many problems identified in the report. She also said the VA does not have a clear and consistent definition of sexual assault. VFW regards sexual assault as a zero tolerance issue. Read the VFW press release with links to testimony at
Representing the VFW in testimony Monday before the House VA Subcommittee on Health will be Marlene Roll, a first Gulf War veteran and a member of VFW's National Women's Veterans Committee. She is also the director of New York's Erie County Veterans' Service Agency and a member of a VA advisory council on patient care.
U.S. Army veteran Marlene Roll, ..., 26 April 2010 [cached]
U.S. Army veteran Marlene Roll, left, state membership vice chairwoman for the VFW, is spearheading efforts to form a VFW post geared toward women, with help from fellow Army veterans, in order, Beth Maddigan, Sandra Williams and Kelly Carrigg.">
U.S. Army veteran Marlene Roll, left, state membership vice chairwoman for the VFW, is spearheading efforts to form a VFW post geared toward women, with help from fellow Army veterans, in order, Beth Maddigan, Sandra Williams and Kelly Carrigg.
Marlene Roll came out of the Army in 1991 after serving in a medical unit for a year in Oman during the Persian Gulf War.
When she returned home, she went to Buffalo's Veterans Affairs Medical Center for surgery, put on a hospital gown and was told not to leave the room. Even if she had to use the bathroom, she was told, she had to let someone know. At the time, there were no provisions for women there, and no one wanted her walking around in front of a bunch of male veterans while wearing a flimsy hospital gown with the back out.
Experiences like that motivated Roll and some other female veterans to launch a drive to establish the state's first predominantly female Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Erie County.
Other members of the fledging Buffalo post include Williams and 48-year-old Beth Maddigan, who served in the Army from 1990 to 1991 in the same medical unit as Roll during Operation Desert Storm.
Women get married and change their names, and the military does not openly provide such personal information, said Roll, 45.
If the women's group gets a charter to establish a new VFW post, Roll explained, the one they currently meet at - Private Leonard Post Jr. Post 6251 in Cheektowaga - will allow them to continue using the site until they can raise enough money to construct a building.
For more information, contact Roll at
"This is essential," asserted ..., 1 Jan 2014 [cached]
"This is essential," asserted Marlene Roll, the junior vice commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Buffalo.
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