The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) announced Thursday the appointment of Alfie Alvarado-Ramos as the new head of the agency. Ramos becomes the first woman to hold the post. She previously served Washington State veterans as superintendent of each of the three state veterans homes and head of the Veterans Services Division.
“Words cannot describe how honored I am to serve you as Director of this great agency,” said Alvarado-Ramos. “Together we have worked to improve the lives of veterans and their families and my goal is to continue empowering you to make a difference for veterans each and every day.”
Ms. Alvarado-Ramos or Alfie as she is affectionately known by her staff joined the WDVA in 1993 and was appointed Deputy Director in 2005. She served 22 years on active duty, retiring in August 1993 as Command Sergeant Major and Troop Command Sergeant Major of Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, Washington.
During her military career, she was the recipient of numerous awards and decorations including the Legion of Merit, Order of Military Medical Merit, Expert Field Medical Badge and Meritorious Service Medals.