VA Appoints Guam Born Teresita Guevara Smith to Serve on the Advisory Committee for Minority Veterans

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Guam – Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has appointed Teresita Guevara Smith to serve on the Advisory Committee for Minority Veterans.

Terri Smith is a retired army veteran who was born and raised in Ordot. Smith is one of 9 children born to Juan Gogo Guevara and Cid Cruz Guevara. She joined the U.S. Army in 1975 and retired in 1997. She currently works as a federal civilian employee for the Department of Defense in Washington, D.C. She also is an active member of the Guam Society of America in Washington, D.C.

In making the announcement, Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo praised Smith as “a hardworking veteran and DoD civilian employee. “I always enjoy seeing people from Guam do well and succeed, and I know that Terri will make our veteran community and our island proud as she serves on this important committee.”

Smith is also quoted in Bordallo’s release as saying “I am truly honored to be a member of this advisory committee, and I will work hard and respectfully represent the Chamorro people and other Pacific Islanders.”


[Terri Guevara Smith, a former resident of Guam, is pictured alongside Congresswoman Bordallo during a 2005 Congressional Delegation to Al Faw Palace, Camp Victory, Baghdad, Iraq. Terri was recently appointed by Secretary Eric Shinseki of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to serve on the Advisory Committee for Minority Veterans.]  

VA Appoints Teresita Guevara Smith to Serve on the Advisory Committee for Minority Veterans
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 27, 2013 – Washington, D.C. –

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today announced that Secretary Eric Shinseki of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently appointed SFC Teresita Guevara“Terri” Smith, U.S. Army (Ret.), a former resident of Guam, to serve on the Advisory Committee for Minority Veterans. The Committee is authorized by Section 544 of title 38, United States Code, to provide advice to the Secretary on the needs of minority Veterans regarding health care, rehabilitation benefits, compensation, outreach, and other programs administered by the VA.

“I am pleased that Terri Smith was appointed to the VA’s Advisory Committee for Minority Veterans,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “Terri is a hardworking veteran and DoD civilian employee who also plays an active role in the Guam Society of America in Washington, D.C. I always enjoy seeing people from Guam do well and succeed, and I know that Terri will make our veteran community and our island proud as she serves on this important committee.”

 Terri was born and raised in Ordot, Guam, to her parents Juan Gogo Guevara and Cid Cruz Guevara; she is one of nine children. She joined the U.S. Army in 1975 and retired in 1997. She currently works as a federal civilian employee for the Department of Defense in Washington, D.C. She also is an active member of the Guam Society of America in Washington, D.C.

Terri Guevara Smith said: “I believe in the sincerity and commitment that Secretary Shinseki has for veterans. I have taken interests and have partnered with the Director of Minority Affairs, Ms. Barbara Ward, and the Director of the Women’s Program, Dr. Irene Trowell-Harris, RN, EdD, for the needs of Chamorro veterans in representation from the National Organization of Chamorro Veterans (NOCVA) and for the Chamorro Women Veterans Group, part of NOCVA. Doing volunteer work with this hardworking group for our people and other Pacific Islanders will be fun. I am truly honored to be a member of this advisory committee, and I will work hard and respectfully represent the Chamorro people and other Pacific Islanders.”