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 Veterans and Family March

US Capitol Area#2, Washington D.C. May 26, 2012
The March and program was a great success! Thanks to all that supported this event.
   

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 Keynote Speaker 
MAJOR GENERAL ALLEN E. TACKETT

The MVM want to give a very special thank you to Major General Tackett for a job "Well Done" as Keynote Speaker at the first annual Veterans and Family March, held May 26, 2012. His unique ability to unite people of different backgrounds around a common goal were on display during this outstanding event.

Major General Tackett served in uniform for over forty-eight years (Almost a half a Century), including over 15 years as West Virginia's Adjutant General, the longest serving Adjutant General in the nation and in state history. He led the West Virginia National Guard through one of the most tumultuous periods in history, deploying nearly 11,000 Guard members overseas for Federal missions and directing the guards response to more than eighty state emergencies.

Senator Jay Rockefeller spoke at the General's ceremony. Below is the senator's speech:

Throughout his four decade long career, General Tackett has built the West Virginia National Guard into a nationally respected outfit that is always ready to answer the call to help, wherever it comes from. General Tackett has always taken the path that was best for the troops and for the state of West Virginia. He sought only what was best for our State and the nation. For that, we owe him our gratitude. I've been fortunate to call Allen a friend for many years and I doubt anyone who has watched his tenure can dispute the change he has made to the Guard. By extension, he has made West Virginia a better place to live and to work. He also has the unique ability to unite people of different backgrounds around a common goal. Most importantly, he does not believe in the words, "it can't be done".

General Tackett's modernization efforts have become an economic engine for communities throughout West Virginia that partnered with the Guard on more than $1 billion in construction projects. In the last 15 years, his leadership has been directly responsible for a tenfold increase in federal money to West Virginia military programs. This has resulted in the creation of more than 1,000 new full-time jobs since 1995.

He cares about people and his compassion is part of who he is. Not everyone sees the respect and honor he has paid to his folks in quiet ways, but I have shared so many exchanges where his true personal connection was evident. I remember his genuine interest in and connection with individuals, honoring them, their needs, and their families. He has seen off every unit prior to their deployment with special instruction to see that they return home, and he has frequently visited our men and women at Walter Reed Medical Center when they returned from combat wounded. As a former Governor of this great state, who had the privilege of serving as the state's Commander-in-Chief, I appreciate just how integral General Tackett's leadership has been to West Virginia.

General, I want to extend my deepest appreciation to you and Sallie Pat for all you have sacrificed for our Country and for West Virginia. You mean so much to this state. Your legacy lives on in the lives that you've touched and the remarkable Guard unit that you've built.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will publish a notification in the Federal Register which increases the maximum rates of annual pay for in-coming Veterans Health Administration (VHA) physicians and dentists as part of VA Secretary Robert McDonald's nation-wide recruitment initiative to hire more clinicians and expand Veterans' access to care.
To better meet the needs of Veterans and others who have suffered mild to moderate concussion associated with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has developed "Concussion Coach," a mobile application ('app') that provides portable tools to recognize symptoms and to identify and make use of coping strategies.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today welcomed the confirmation of Connecticut Veterans Commissioner Linda S. Schwartz as Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Policy and Planning.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced a next step in the process of implementing the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 that allows for increased Veterans access to, and eligibility for, non-VA health care.
VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald met today with the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees to affirm his commitment to working together to better serve Veterans. McDonald outlined his Road to Veteran's Day, a series of strategies and actions that will enable the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to rebuild trust with Veterans and the American people, improve service delivery, and set the course for long-term excellence and reform.
Each year, more than 250,000 Servicemembers take off their uniform for the last time. And for those transitioning Veterans, among the first questions they ask is: What's next?
Today, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald held a press conference at VA's Washington, D.C., headquarters where he shared observations from his travels to VA facilities over the past month and outlined the way ahead as The Road To Veterans Day.
Your donation of any amount will greatly assist our efforts to provide much needed resources to our veterans.
The MVM would like to thank our sponsor Mike Dickerson of Custom Logos, and our corporate donors Five Guys, Applebees, Wawa Inc., Sheetz, Food Lion, Martins, Pizza Hut, Walmart, Sams Club, Target, The Home Depot, Popeyes, Shoney's, Starbucks, Bed Bath and Beyond, Hull Street Outlet, Krispy Kreme, and Quality Inn. We would also like to thank our private donors, Pastor Teresa Johnson of Reapers For Christ Ministries, Mrs Claudia Waldrep, Mr. Frank Bradley III, Mr. Robert Bailie, Earl Spencer Jr., Spencer Brothers Citgo, and Stephanie Wall of Vallum Resources.  We would like to extend a very special thanks to Morse High School Cheer Squad, San Diego, California and to Community Clovia Lawrence, Radio One on air personality, for her continuous support of the Million Veteran March Organization, and Veterans in the Richmond area.
 
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