The Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs serves an important two-fold purpose. First, it distinguishes and elevates issues and opportunities for veterans and transitioning service members in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Of primary importance are the employment, health care, and education needs of our veterans. With the Nation’s fastest growing veteran population and the greatest number of veterans in the workforce per capita, the Secretariat maintains a particular focus on employment of our newest generation of veterans who have the new and current skills needed here in the Commonwealth.
The Secretariat also leads the Governor’s initiatives focused on relationship building with and support of our military and defense installations and the communities surrounding them. Through the Governor’s Virginia Military Advisory Council (VMAC) and active Secretariat community involvement, the Commonwealth continues to be an engaged host in support of the military and defense missions in the state.
We are honored to serve the Commonwealth and our veterans, and look forward to working with you to continue to make Virginia the most veteran and military friendly state in the Nation.
The fastest growing veteran population in the Nation.
The greatest number of veterans in the workforce per capita.
The largest percentage of women veterans.
The largest percentage of veterans under the age of 28.
1 in 10 Virginians is a veteran (approx. 800,000).
Added more Veterans to its workforce than all other states put together.
Virginia was named 2019's Best State for Military Retirees in a recent study from the leading personal finance outlet WalletHub.com. You can read the full study by click below.Read More
September 25, 2019 — Carlos Hopkins, Barry DuVal and Eric Eversole column: Working to create more employment opportunities for Virginia’s military spouses.
September 21, 2019 — September marks the start of the new school year in schools across Virginia, and it also is Suicide Prevention Month. As we see more young people dying by suicide or attempting suicide, we must work harder to raise awareness of how to help people in crisis.
Below, please find another great promotional piece featuring VVFS this week. This summer’s Capital Connections magazine features a great article penned by Carol Berg regarding the legacy and mission of VVFS.