Employees at VA’s Central Office were greeted by Secretary Bob McDonald and Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson Monday morning in honor of Public Service Recognition Week.

VA Secretary Bob McDonald and Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson greeted employees as they entered VA Central Office

VA Secretary Bob McDonald and Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson greeted employees as they entered VA Central Office

“This is one of those days where you think of things that are bigger than yourself,” said McDonald. “Today, by recognizing the employees of the VA, we are reminding everyone of that wonderful mission we have of caring for those that have borne the battle and their families.”

Celebrated the first week of May since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week is organized annually by the Public Employees Roundtable to honor the men and women who serve our nation as government employees.

“Our Nation’s progress has long been fueled by the efforts of selfless citizens who come together in service to their fellow Americans to change our country for the better,” said President Obama, in his proclamation regarding Public Service Recognition Week.

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Published on May. 2, 2016

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  1. James E. Evans May 6, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    I don’t get it they celebrate a great job while Veterans suffer with shoty healthcare, in Missouri.
    I’ve been trying to get my knees taken care of for 6 years.. As a matter of fact I’ve had 7 surgeries in 8 years outside of the VA after they stated there wasn’t enough wrong for surgery. So I had to suffer physically and financialy, now I can’t afford to see a private doctor. After several knee, neck, rotor cuff and elbow surgeries. Now my knees need attention again and their draging their feet. It’s been months and all the VA/JC Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri and Poplar Bluff, Missouri did an Xray a month later an MRI 2 months later I get an appointment to St. Louis then they said the Bakers Syst and torn cartilage didn’t warrant surgery so they gave me shots in my knees. A month later I get the MRI on the other knee and I’ve been waiting a month for an appointment with no word. All the while I’m in pain and have trouble walking.
    Plus I get a pair of glasses sent to me and cannot see out of them. So they send me to private doctor for corrective surgery because the VA has no eye surgeon in the area. Them not knowing their is no surgery to fix my right eye. So now I’m having trouble with my vision without replacement glasses. So I’m a Disabled Veteran that’s having problems walking and seeing and “can’t” get a damn thing done.
    Really like someone will see this and do anything at all. I’ve got 10% for an entrance wound, 10% tendon damage and 10% muscle damage and five years later denied 10% for the exit wound that hurts the most.

  2. Daniel Ramos May 6, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Can the VA help me I have been an unemployed veteran for close to three years and drowning in debt and causing stress in my marriage. I have no savings, I used up my 401(k) retirement fund to help my wife pay for the rent it has been exhausted as of this writing . I have look everywhere for work to no avail

    • Larry R Elliott May 6, 2016 at 8:23 pm

      There are solutions designed to help people like you. The services are free. Initial education and licensing is paid for. BUT, these web sites won’t let me contact you, or won’t publish my email or phone number. The system has too many roadblocks to help. These services are available in EVERY state.

    • Else Watkins May 11, 2016 at 5:09 pm

      Try calling your VA regional office. Also the State employment offices usually have services geared towards veterans.


  3. Donald M Fritz May 2, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    I have a neighbor that is a World War II veteran and he has never been recognized by the VA, American Legion, or the VFW. His name is Hershel Griffith and he resides at is house, with his oldest daughter taken care of him. Being I was in the Air Force during my tour of the years 1964 through 1968 it would do a pleasure to his family and myself and all of the rest of the veterans that live in Chattanooga, TN to recognize this veteran. Thanks.

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