AGTS News: Priscilla Mondt ('88) honored as Champion of Change in White House ceremony
On Tuesday, March 19, 2013 AGTS alum Priscilla Mondt ('88, pictured left) and thirteen other women veterans were honored as Champions of Change by Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and First Lady Michelle Obama during a White House ceremony. After honorably serving their country, these women went on to provide exemplary leadership in many areas at the local, state, regional or national level.
“These remarkable women continue serving our country with honor and grace, even long after they return from deployment. They have spent countless hours fighting for our freedom, and now advocate for their fellow veterans in a variety of areas—health, domestic violence, policy advocacy, homelessness, education, and business empowerment, and more. Their examples of courage, perseverance, and selflessness both abroad and state-side are incredibly humbling, and serve as an inspiration for men and women across the country,” said Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls.
Chaplain Priscilla Mondt serves as chief of chaplain service at Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VHSO), Fayetteville, Arkansas where she is responsible for a comprehensive spiritual care program. She is a visionary leader whose innovative approach to spiritual care, from personal care to technology, set a high standard for addressing the needs of Veteran patients and families.
Chaplain Mondt has the distinction of being the first female chaplain assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division and the first female chaplain endorsed by the Assemblies of God in both the Army and the Veteran's Administration.
Mondt retired from military service in 2005 after 31 years in the Army and deployments to Korea and the first and second Gulf Wars (82nd Airborne Division, 4th Infantry Division, respectively). She is the recipient of the Bronze Star and Legion of Merit. She served as a United Nations chaplain in Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy. She began her career by enlisting in the Women's Army Corps, became an officer, serving as a company commander and personnel officer, and finished her military service as a chaplain.
Her office at the VHSO serves approximately 55,000 veterans spread over northwest Arkansas, southwest Missouri and eastern Oklahoma.
Read Chaplain Mondt's blog entry on the Champions of Change website.
Read more from Chaplain Mondt in the Winter 2012 issue of Rapport magazine.
Thursday, March 28, 2013 12:03 PM