Title: Founder, President, Chief of Operations
Company: National Association of American Veterans Inc.
Location: Washington, D.C., United States
Constance A. Burns, the Founder, President and Chief of Operations at National Association of American Veterans Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in veteran advocacy.
Distinguished for her efforts as a veterans’ service advocate, Ms. Burns has flourished as the founder, president and chief of operations of the National Association of American Veterans Inc. since 2005. Previously, she excelled as an advisor to the President’s Commission on Care of America’s Returning Wounded Warriors and the Task Force on Mental Health and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder of Those Returning from Afghanistan and Iraq in 2007. A significant presenter on mental health for veterans and dependents, Ms. Burns is an active member of the advisory board of the VA Caregiver Support Program and the NAAV Military Family Program. Likewise, she is a co-author for such books as “The U.S. Army’s First, Last, and Only All-Black Rangers: The 2d Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne) in the Korean War, 1950-1951,” “Stella’s Girl: The Autobiography of Captain Evelyn Decker, a World War II and Korean War Veteran” and “Quick Series Guide to Healthy Caregiving.”
Matriculating at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Ms. Burns attained a Bachelor of Science, a Post Master’s degree and a Master of Arts in 1975, all in secondary education and history. She went on to complete fellowship and coursework at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie-Mellon University. Notably, in 1992, she was the first African American woman to receive a fellowship at the West U.S. Army Center of Military History and was the first curator for all Army museums. She completed a Military History Fellowship at the West Point Academy in New York in 1992 that was sponsored by the U.S. Army Center of Military History in Washington, DC. She was the first female curator of education and history to be nominated to attend West Point from the Center.
To attest to her success, Ms. Burns received a Certificate of Appreciation for Welcome Home from the DC VA Medical Center in 2016 and the Congressional Veterans Braintrust Award in 2015. Moreover, she was listed among Outstanding Women Business Professionals and Entrepreneurs by the National Association of Professional Women in 2010, and received honors from General David H. Petraeus, Commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, and General William E. Ward, Head of the U.S. Africa Command for Publications. Ms. Burns attributes her success to her Christian faith and hopes to offer direct counseling for veterans in the coming years.
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