Paula M. Neira, RN, CEN, Esq., LT, USNR (1985-1991)
Paula M. Neira, RN, CEN, Esq. (LT, USN/USNR 1985-1991) graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1985. A qualified Surface Warfare Officer, Paula served at sea and ashore on active duty and as a reservist, including serving in mine warfare combat during Operation Desert Storm. After leaving the Navy, she became a registered nurse, certified in emergency nursing, and specializing in adult emergency/trauma care. She is also a graduate of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in East Lansing, Michigan and a member of the Maryland bar. Active in LGBT military and veteran affairs, she is a former staff attorney with SLDN and is recognized as an expert on military policy relating to sexual minorities. She currently resides in Maryland.