July 1, 1982

The President today announced his intention to nominate Everett Alvarez, Jr., to be Deputy Administrator for Veterans Affairs, Veterans Administration. Mr. Alvarez will succeed Charles T. Hagel, who has resigned.

Since July 27, 1981, Mr. Alvarez has been serving as Deputy Director of the Peace Corps. From 1980 to 1981, he was a law clerk with the firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner of Washington, D.C. He was Assistant Program Manager for the U.S. Navy's A - 4 aircraft program from 1976 to 1980.

Mr. Alvarez is a career aviator and was a Navy pilot from 1961 to 1973. He was the longest held prisoner of war in North Vietnam (8\1/2\ years). Upon return, he established the Everett Alvarez, Jr., Scholarship Foundation with personal funds raised by lecturing. The foundation is now administered by the University of Santa Clara, California.

Mr. Alvarez was graduated from the University of Santa Clara (B.S., 1960) and Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. (M.S., 1976). He will receive his law degree in December 1982 from the Washington National Law Center, George Washington University.

Mr. Alvarez is married, has two children, and resides in Rockville, Md. He was born in Salinas, Calif., on December 23, 1937.