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LaVonne Willis, director of the Governor's Office of Veterans Affairs, is among 15 appointees to the national Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans.

The committee, which will serve with seven ex-officio members, including the secretaries or their designees in the Departments of Defense, Commerce, Labor, Interior and Health and Human Services, was created to assess the needs of veterans in minority groups."I look forward to working with this important committee to better define and improve VA services for minority veterans. We need to ensure that their needs are being met," said U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jesse Brown in making the appointments.

The committee is charged with assessing minority veterans' needs in such areas as compensation, health care, rehabilitation, outreach and other benefits and programs. Brown will submit the committee's report and his own recommendations to Congress.