FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 6, 2017, 5:00 p.m. CDT
Contact Jason Hogue, Peru State College Marketing and Communications, 620-363-2461
Washington, D.C. – President Donald Trump has announced his intent to nominate Peru State alum Randy Reeves to be Under Secretary of Veteran Affairs for Memorial Affairs. Reeves is one of 42 nominations the president announced during the congressional recess.
The WhiteHouse.gov press release says, “Mr. Reeves currently serves as Executive Director of the Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board and serves as President of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs.”
“A native of rural Mississippi, Mr. Reeves served in the United States Air Force from 1980 to 1988 as an enlisted airman before being commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy where he served from 1988 to 2008,” according to the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA).
“Commander (Retired), Reeves is a Gulf War Veteran with service during Operation Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom. He retired in 2008 with 27 years of service.”
Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi wrote on Facebook, “[Bryant] has done an outstanding job advocating for our state’s war fighters, and I am proud to have Randy serving in this important position for veterans in Mississippi and around the U.S.”
Reeves received Mississippi’s 2013 Excellence in State Government Award. Governor Phil Bryant presented the award for Reeve’s work as Executive Director of the Mississippi State Directors of Veterans Affairs.
“Reeves was recognized for stabilizing agency funding by creating methods to provide consistent funding streams and improving efficiencies; increasing partnerships with state and national agencies, including working with the Department of Employment Security on a veterans job program and with the Military Department on legislative issues; increasing the educational institutions approved for veterans benefits from 84 to 91; and implementing a recognition program and increasing training options for agency employees in order to improve delivery of services to veterans,” according to the Mississippi Business Journal.
“He also worked to provide a burial option for veterans and spouses by opening the first State Veterans Cemetery and was instrumental in the implementation of the “Vet” designation for veterans on drivers licenses.”
His work with the NASDVA was recognized by a concurrent resolution adopted by the Mississippi State House and Senate. The resolution recognizes his ongoing work with veterans in Mississippi, but highlights key accomplishments of his tenure with NASDVA.
For example, the concurrent resolution reads that Reeves, “served as point person for work on Public Law 112-154.”
“[He] personally worked with congressional members and staff to amend original legislative language to allow veterans homes to use provider agreements. Many state veterans homes would have otherwise been unable to operate.”