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Veteran Gives Voice to Voiceless

Livier “Livy” Lazaro, who served in Iraq, felt hopeless and voiceless after leaving the Army.   

Eventually, she found the support she needed. Now, Lazaro devotes much of her time to helping other veterans overcome their own challenges, whether that be deportation, discrimination, military sexual trauma or other difficulties.

One way she helps is as commander of VFW Post 7420 in the Barrio Logan neighborhood of San Diego, California. Recently, Lazaro was elected to her second term as commander and is the first woman to hold the position in the Post’s 67-year history.

She leads members in honoring all veterans, especially those whose stories of heroism are not often told or acknowledged, like Hispanic service members. Lazaro does this by not only advocating for legislation, but by working to assist deported veterans.

She also developed a repatriated veteran mentorship program to support individuals navigating life after deportation. It helps ensure men and women receive the benefits they earned and feel supported by the veteran community.

Lazaro says she is #StillServing because the Army taught her to take care of fellow service members — and because she believes in helping all veterans succeed.

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