New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

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The Deputy Commissioner of Veterans Affairs

Lisa J. Hou

Lisa J. Hou, a physician and a New Jersey Army National Guard veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, was appointed in February 2018 as the Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs. In this capacity, Hou administers two Divisions that serve New Jersey Veterans.

The first, the Division of Veterans Healthcare Services, oversees the operations of the state's three long-term care veterans' homes and respite care program. The second, The Division of Veterans Services, oversees the Veterans Service Offices, other state entitlement programs and services, veteran's preference determinations, veteran's status determinations, and the blind and catastrophic veteran pension entitlements.

Additionally, the Division of Veterans Services oversees the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, the operation of the state's Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing program, the State Approving Agency, which is responsible for certifying the VA funded educational and training program, and the state-owned monuments and memorials.

In addition to her role as deputy commissioner, Dr. Hou holds the rank of Colonel and serves in the New Jersey Army National Guard. Since 2013, she has served in the dual roles of commander of the Medical Command and the State Surgeon. In those capacities, Deputy Commissioner Hou is responsible for the medical and dental readiness of more than 6,000 Soldiers. Since 2013, Dr. Hou has also served as the Region II representative for the National Guard Bureau (NGB) Medical Advisory Group. In April 2018, she will serve as Chair of the Army National Guard Credentials Certification and Privileging Preparation Board, which serves as the approving authority for the credentialing of the more than 2,200 medical providers in the Army National Guard. Dr. Hou is currently enrolled in United States Army War College, pursuing a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies.

In 2011, Dr. Hou served in Afghanistan as the Field Surgeon for Charlie Company, 700th Brigade Support Battalion, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. She was the sole medical provider on an Afghanistan National Army base and was responsible for providing routine and advanced emergency medical care in the combat theater for more than 600 coalition Soldiers, contractors and foreign nationals. In 2005, she served in Iraq as the Senior Field Surgeon for Echo Company, 50th Main Support Battalion, 42nd Infantry Division where she performed routine and advanced emergency medical care for coalition Soldiers and Iraqi civilians and maintained medical readiness for mass casualty trauma.

Dr. Hou joined the New Jersey National Guard in 1994 while a medical student at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, N.J. She completed her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in 1996. Dr. Hou’s specialty is in otolaryngology/facial plastic surgery. She maintains a part-time practice in the specialization in the diagnosis and treatment of ear, nose and throat (ENT) disease in adult and pediatric patients as well as surgery to correct snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. She lives in Monmouth County.