July 30, 2021

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Honoree is a voice for service members, veterans

Mary K. Talbot

Air Force Security Forces Airman Rachael Garcia (left) poses with Danielle Davis (right) at Tallil Air Base, Iraq, in 2006.

Rachael Garcia, associate director of veterans affairs and military programs at the University of Rhode Island, has been named Veteran of the Year 2021 by the Providence, VA regional office. Garcia was honored for her advocacy for other veterans and volunteering in the community. The award was presented in a virtual ceremony that was attended by more than 250 people last month.

Garcia, 35, of Warwick, is a U.S. Air Force veteran. Her three-year military service includes both overseas and domestic operations. She provided assistance during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and was a member of the Air Force Security Forces in Iraq the following year.

After receiving recognition from the VA Regional Office, Garcia hopes the award will “Help Women Become Less Invisible” by drawing attention to their military service and contributions to the veteran community.