Marsha Four was re-elected to a third term as Vice President at the 2017 National Convention in New Orleans, La., after serving 14 consecutive years on VVA’s National Board.
Four joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps through its student nurse program. She served in Vietnam at the 18th Surgical Hospital in the Intensive Care/Recovery and Emergency rooms from 1969–1970 and later discharged as a 1st Lieutenant.
Four joined VVA Chapter 67 in 1987 and has been active in veterans’ issues ever since. She has delivered testimony on veterans’ issues at the local, state, and federal levels, and has chaired the VA’s Secretarial Advisory Committee on Women Veterans. Four has also organized events such as a VVA/VA PTSD workshop for emergency, hospital, and social service personnel, and the Philadelphia Stand Down for homeless veterans.
Four recently retired as executive director of the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service and Education Center, where she led development of the Mary E. Walker House — a nationally recognized transitional residence for homeless women veterans. In 2013, she was recognized by the White House as a Woman Veteran Champion of Change, and was named to the Veterans Hall of Fame by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Four met her husband, Tony, in Vietnam. Together, they have three sons and six grandchildren. They live in the Philadelphia area and maintain a coastal retreat in New Jersey.