Vice President – Region IV
(Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Texas)
Major Dorothy Seaton served from 1971-1992 in the Army and in the Army National Guard in four states. She enlisted as a private in 1971 and attended Women’s Army Corps (WAC) basic training at Ft. McClellan, AL. While on active duty during the Vietnam Era, she was a medical records photographer at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX. In 1974, immediately after getting off active duty, she was the first woman to join her home state’s National Guard mechanized infantry battalion headquarters, and was assigned as a supply sergeant. Continuing her National Guard career, she became an award winning photojournalist and editor of a National Guard newspaper. She attended Officer Candidate School, commanded a Public Affairs Detachment and served as full-time State Public Affairs Officer for a National Guard State Headquarters. Her last National Guard assignment before retiring in 1992 was as a personnel officer at an Armored Division Headquarters.
Major Seaton has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska and a Masters of Human Relations degree from the University of Oklahoma. She joined AVER in 2013, and is currently Vice President of the Bataan Chapter of AVER in Albuquerque/Santa Fe, NM. She is also a founding member of Women Veterans of New Mexico – Santa Fe Unit, and in 2016 she was appointed by the Mayor of Santa Fe to the city’s Veterans Advisory Board.
She is retired and lives in Santa Fe with her wife Joan, whom she married in 2013. She serves as vice president of her homeowners’ association and enjoys reading, cooking, computer games, road trips, and their two rescue dogs.