MVAA Director Zaneta Adams, who has spent most of her adult life either serving her country or fighting for her fellow veterans’ rights, has been named to the 2021 Women Veteran Trailblazers initiative by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Women Veterans.
With the prestigious honor, announced today, Adams joins 26 other women veteran leaders and advocates from across the United States who have made a significant impact on issues facing veterans, including education, employment, homelessness, mental health and wellness.
Elizabeth Estabrooks, acting VA Director for the Center for Women Veterans, said the trailblazer initiative highlights the contributions of women veterans and shares their stories about how their service and experiences led to their continued roles as leaders and advocates in their communities.
“Initiatives like this are designed to showcase the unique contributions of women veterans and help transform the culture of VA and the public by changing notions around what it means to be a veteran,” Estabrooks said.
After serving eight years in the U.S. Army, National Guard and Reserve, Adams was medically discharged with honor in 2006. She went on to obtain her law degree and assist veterans with compensation and pension appeals as an attorney at Williams Hughes PLLC.
Consistently demonstrating leadership through service and board membership, Adams would serve as a veterans state contact for U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow; a spokesperson and board member of Challenge America, a national veteran-resource nonprofit; and the founder of WINC: For All Women Veterans (Women Injured in Combat), an advocacy group for women veterans.
When she was appointed Director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in June 2019, Adams refocused the agency on its core mission of getting Michigan’s 550,000-plus veterans and their families connected to benefits and services.
Read more about Director Adams and the VA’s other 2021 Women Veteran Trailblazers on the Center for Women Veterans website.