Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday appointed a retired U.S. Army Brigadier General to lead the office of Veterans' Affairs.
General Loree Sutton has more than 25 years of military experience, including serving as the Army's highest-ranking psychiatrist from 2007 to 2010.
De Blasio says her first-hand experience working with veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injuries and from post-traumatic stress disorder will help the city better serve veterans.
"We wanted to make sure we had a leader for our office of Veterans' Affairs who would be a real transcendent figure in terms of serving the veterans of this city," De Blasio said.
"Making this transition from military service to life at home remains an enduring challenge," Sutton said. "New York City is uniquely positioned to lead the nation in this endeavor. Much has been done, much work remains."
Sutton's military experience includes deployments in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Egypt.
She is now charged with advising the Mayor on all initiatives impacting the city's veterans and service-members.