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Founder / Executive Director / Care Coordinator

Sandra G. Robinson

Sandra G. Robinson is a Combat Female Veteran and Registered Nurse (RN), with over thirty years’ experience. Her background has afforded her extensive familiarity with women Veterans’ post-deployment issues and their gender-specific healthcare needs.

Early Years and Military Service

Sandra’s story began in 1986 when she joined the United States Army Reserve’s delayed entry program while still in high school. Little did she know that this decision would lead her on a path of extraordinary service and personal growth. In 1990, while pursuing her nursing education at East Carolina University (ECU), Sandra was ordered to active duty, becoming the 1st Nursing student at ECU to be deployed to war. On January 17, 1991, amidst the chaos of Operation Desert Storm, she found herself enroute to Saudi Arabia as part of the largest deployment of women to a combat zone. Her courage and determination during this time earned her several medals, including the National Defense Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, and the Southwest Asia Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars.

Nursing Career and Volunteer Work

Following her honorable discharge from the military, Sandra continued her educational pursuits and completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in the summer of 1992. While completing her degree at ECU Sandra founded the Black Nursing Society and served as its President.  Over the next three decades, she dedicated herself to serving others in the healthcare field, specializing in mental health. While working at Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in 2017 she became a VISN-6 MIRECC Grant Award Winner. This helped her to develop and create the largest known attended female veteran-only support group at a VAMC. Throughout her nursing career, Sandra actively volunteered with numerous organizations, including Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America, Greensboro Urban Ministry, United Way, and the American Red Cross as a Disaster Nurse. Her selflessness led her to deploy in 1999 to Eastern Carolina to aid those affected by Hurricane Floyd, where she spent countless days helping in flooded areas. Sandra is also a Delta Sigma Theta, High Point Alumnae Chapter member.

Dedication to Military and Veteran Causes

Since her departure from active military service, Sandra has been a steadfast and devoted supporter of military and Veteran causes. She has volunteered thousands of hours and personal resources to serve the military and Veteran community. She has become an accomplished leader in the Veteran community as evident by her extensive record of positions. She is the NC Ambassador for Women in Military Service for America Memorial (WIMSA), a VFW Lifetime Member, member of the American Legion and Military Women Across the Nation. She has served on multiple Veteran committees. She is the Co-Founder of Desert Storm Combat Women (DSCW) Organization. She served as the NC State Leader for the National Desert Storm War Memorial 2017-2019, American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Veterans Regional Outreach Lead for the Greater Carolina Region, Trellis Supportive Care Veteran Advisory Council 2019-2022, and the Steering Committee for the National Military Women’s Coalition 2019-2022. She currently serves on the National Family Support Technical Assistance Center Advisory Board which is the nation’s first Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded Center of Excellence focused on supporting families and caregivers of children, regardless of their age, who experience serious mental illness and/or substance use challenges.

Veteran Family

It’s one thing to be a Veteran but being part of a Veteran family adds further nuance to one’s perspective. Sandra may have been the first female in her family to serve in an active war zone, but she is far from the only one to have served her country. In fact, she’s married to a retired 82nd Airborne Combat Veteran. She’s also the sister of two Veterans, one being a Combat Lt. Col. Her sister is an official government agent. Her brother-in-law is a retired Combat Veteran, she’s the niece of a retired Vietnam Combat Veteran, and a cousin to multiple Veterans. Sandra’s family consists of heroes of the Vietnam War, Cold War, Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).

Contributions to East Carolina University (ECU)

In addition to her remarkable service, Sandra has left an indelible mark on East Carolina University (ECU). As a member of the Leo Jenkins Society, she established “The Sandra George Robinson 92- Combat Female Veterans Scholarship” in the ECU College of Nursing, providing vital support for students. Her dedication to ECU goes beyond scholarships—she has also made a planned gift to establish scholarships for future College of Nursing students, recognizing the excellent preparation she received from the institution. Sandra currently serves on the ECU Hall of Fame Board of Directors.

Recognition and Achievements

Recognizing her outstanding achievements, Sandra was inducted into the ECU College of Nursing Hall of Fame in 2020; and honored by the Distinguished Military Service Society in 2021 for her unwavering service to the nation and veteran community. In 2017, she founded Combat Female Veterans Families (CFVF) United, a groundbreaking organization dedicated to supporting combat female veterans and their families through education, support, and advocacy. Currently serving as the organization’s Registered Nurse Care Coordinator and Executive Director, Sandra exemplifies loyalty, collaboration, and a steadfast commitment to the quality and preventative care of women veterans.

Honors and Awards

Featured Speaker, NC Governor’s Mansion, Tiffany Circle Event, 2022
Distinguished Military Service Society Inductee 2021, East Carolina University
Hall of Fame Inductee 2021, East Carolina University, College of Nursing
Editorial Partner, Media Planet Publishing House, a USA Today Partner- Supporting Our Veterans Campaign, Veterans Day 2020, “Helping Women Veterans By Shattering Misconceptions”
Featured Speaker, Meredith College, Honoring Women Veterans Event 2019
Featured Speaker, NC Dept. Of Military & Veterans Affairs Honors Military Spouses 2019
Featured Author, Bestseller book on Amazon “Behind The Rank”, Vol. 3 in the categories of Women History, United States Military History, and United States Veterans History 2019
Honoree, Hospice & Palliative Care Center, Saluting Women Veterans Event 2018
Featured Panelist, RiverRun International Film Festival Screening of Served Like a Girl
Award Nominee, Salisbury VA, Patient Care Service 2018
Award Nominee, American Red Cross, Salute to Heroes 2018
Quilt of Valor Recipient, Asheville VA 2018
VA Grant Award Winner, VISN-6 MIRECC Grant 2017

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