BIOGRAPHY:

Colonel Sylvia Sanchez

Colonel Sylvia Sanchez

Military

Colonel Sylvia Sanchez of San Antonio is a retired colonel, Army nurse and the first woman elected statewide commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. She is focused on major veterans' issues, including long waits on disability benefits claims and diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. As state commander, she's in charge of approximately 79,000 of the VFW's 1.8 million members nationwide. She served as an operating room supervisor in Operation Desert Storm. Sanchez, served 10 years in the Army, 20 years in the Texas Army National and was also a school nurse at Gardendale Elementary School. She was inspired to join VFW Post 8936 on the West Side in 1991 after it sponsored a field trip for 100 students at the school to visit the San Antonio Museum of Art. She became the first female commander of her district, and since has traveled all over Texas, promoting the VFW as an organization that provides school mentorship programs, scholarships, emergency aid for military families and other community support.

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