Dawn Smith At Bath VA To Receive State Senate Award


May 5, 2016
State Senator Tom O’Mara (R- Big Flats) has selected Dawn Smith, Transition and Care Management Program Manager at the Bath VA Medical Center and a well-known local veterans advocate, as his 2016 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.” Smith will represent O’Mara’s 58th District at the Senate’s 18th Annual “Women of Distinction” tribute in the Legislative Office Building in Albany. She will be recognized along with more than 60 other honorees representing senatorial districts from across New York. “Dawn Smith has served our nation with honor and distinction, and now she’s devoting her compassion, expertise and total commitment to the care, recognition and well-being of regional veterans,” said O’Mara. “She’s a true patriot who understands the sacrifices veterans have made for America and works day in and day out to help secure the care and respect that our veterans have earned and deserve. It’s truly an honor for me to have this opportunity to have the New York State Senate pay tribute to Dawn as a ‘Woman of Distinction.’”
Born and raised in Hammondsport, New York, Smith served in the United States Army from 1981-84 and 1986-87 as an Electronic Warfare/Signal Intelligence Voice Interpreter. She was honorably discharged with the rank of Specialist. Following her discharge, Smith attended Angelo State University (BA) and New Mexico State University while raising two children and serving a long tour of duty as a military spouse.
She has been employed at the Bath VA Medical Center since 2005 and currently serves as Transition and Care Management (TCM) Program Manager (formerly known as OEF/OIF/OND). Among many responsibilities, she ensures that enrolled veterans have a smooth transition into the VA health care system and receive the care they need, along with conducting numerous outreach and Welcome Home events for local National Guard and Reserve units deployed overseas.
Smith works closely with regional Veterans Service Officers, Veterans Counselors and local service organizations coordinating activities and spending countless hours working within communities to assist veterans and their families access all of the benefits they have earned and deserve. She is widely acknowledged and admired as the “go-to” contact when veterans or Service Officers have questions about a veteran’s VA health care.