Francisco Ivarra

Region 8 Director

Francisco Ivarra

Francisco Ivarra was elected Region 8 Director at the 18th National Convention in New Orleans, La.

Ivarra served with the U.S. Army’s Americal Division, 196th LIB, 3/23 Infantry, I Corps, RSV, from 1968–1969. He received a Purple Heart in combat during his tour and was honorably discharged.

Ivarra has served as chairman of the VVA’s National Board of Directors from 2004–2006, and chaired the Minority Affairs Committee from 2002–2004. He has also served as president of the VVA Washington State Council and Chapter 102 since 2014, having previously been elected vice president and secretary. Ivarra is a recipient of the 2016 Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Superior Service Award “for outstanding service to veterans and their families,” and served as Grand Marshal of the 2017 Skagit Valley Veterans Day Parade.

Ivarra chaired the VA’s National Minority Veterans Committee under Secretary Anthony Principe, and served as national commander of the American GI Forum, the largest Hispanic veterans’ organization in the country. He was chairman of the King County Veterans Levy Board, a multimillion-dollar program that funds veteran programs in the Seattle area, including those that provide housing for homeless veterans.

Ivarra lives in Seattle and is a retired university professor of sociology. In his spare time, he writes poetry and listens to his complete collection of Bob Dylan records.

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