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Meet the Director 

Susan McDonough is a South Boston native who served in the United States Army from 1994-1998, and later in the Massachusetts National Guard from 2000-2002. Susan’s assignments include the 29th Signal Battalion at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Washington, and the 16th Medial Logistics Battalion in Taegu, South Korea.

Susan was the first female in her family to serve in the military, but the military history of her family dates back to the Civil War with her great, great grandfather William Newland, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for engagement at Mobile Bay while servicing under Admiral Farragut. Susan also serves as the Commander of the Martin F. McDonough Post #368. She is a member of the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council.

Susan worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for many years before becoming the Director of the Women Veterans’ Network for the Department of Veterans’ Services in 2020. 


I stand 
on the sacrifices of a million woman before me thinking 
WHAT CAN I DO to make this mountain TALLER so that the women after me can see FARTHER.



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