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Governor Bob McDonnell recognized currently serving and past Veterans for their service and thanked their families for their contributions at the Commonwealth Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11, 2013, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond. Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis A. Green, senior enlisted leader for the Virginia National Guard, presented a memorial wreath to recognize the contributions of Virginia Guard Soldiers and Airmen, Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard Funeral Honors Program served as the honor guard for the ceremony and members of the Virginia Defense Force provided traffic control and parking assistance. Veterans Day has been observed at the War Memorial annually since 1956. Since September 11, 2001, more than 15,000 Va. Soldiers and Airmen have mobilized on federal active duty for combat operations, peacekeeping and homeland security missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo and other locations around the world.
About 150 Soldiers from the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company are currently on federal active duty and stationed at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan where they are conducting transportation support operations, and you can read about Governor Bob McDonnell's recent visit with those Soldiers at http://go.usa.gov/WX7P.
Veterans Day has been observed at the War Memorial annually since 1956, and members of the VDF have volunteered their time to support the event for the past several years. Read about the VDF's recent Change of Unit Designation Ceremony that was part of the organization’s ongoing reorganization and modernization effort at http://go.usa.gov/WXGV.
There are approximately 90 Soldiers in the Virginia National Guard Funeral Honors Program who support nearly 250 funerals each month, and since the program began in January 2007 they have provided support for more than 11,000 funerals across the commonwealth. Read about the Funeral Honors Program's recent recognition by the Secretary of Public Safety at http://go.usa.gov/WXGH
The office serves an important two-fold purpose. First, it distinguishes and elevates veteran's issues in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a major priority of Governor McDonnell's. Second, it serves to clarify the all hazards role and responsibilities of the office under the universally recognized Homeland Security title. The Office also leads the Governor's initiatives focused on relationship building with the active duty military community, response to Base Realignment and Closure actions, Veterans and Homeland Security issues.
Department of Homeland Security Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards
DHS Highlights Efforts to Strengthen Cybersecurity for the Nations Critical Infrastructure
The Executive Order and Presidential Policy Directive issued on February 12 2013, will strengthen the security and resilience of critical infrastructure against evolving threats through an updated and overarching national framework that acknowledges the increased role of cybersecurity in securing physical assets. To learn more about these initiatives, read the following:
2013 General Assembly Update on Military and Veterans Bills
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security focused on the following issues during this general assembly session:
- Improve operations at the Virginia War Memorial,
- Improve the quality of life for active duty military personnel and their families,
- Improve veteransâ€™ accessibility to in-state tuition, and
- Assist with encroachment prevention by building healthy military relations with localities.
The Secretariat was successful with the passage of all items on the legislative agenda. Read more about these bills that affect the military and veterans.
Virginia Values Veterans (V3)
The V3 initiative brings veterans and employers together across the Commonwealth. This program is for organizations who desire to improve their business performance through improved workforce productivity and believe re-capitalizing their workforce with Veterans should be part of that effort. To learn more about this program, please visit the Virginia Values Veterans website.
Fort Monroe Update
Thanks to everyone who participated in the December public meetings. Materials from the meeting are below. Please continue to give your thoughts and ideas at ideas.fmauthority.com.
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With exactly 100 days remaining in the gubernatorial administration of Governor Bob McDonnell, the governor today announced a "Sprint to the Finish" final 100 days plan that aims to continue the administration's successes in improving the quality of life of all Virginians and building a "Commonwealth of Opportunity." Over the course of the last four years the Administration has worked with the General Assembly to successfully achieve Virginia's first major transportation funding plan in over a generation, add 14,000 new slots for in-state undergraduate students at Virginia's colleges and universities, put more education dollars into the classroom and initiated significant k-12 education reforms, strengthen Virginia's pension system, and work with the private sector to help put in place policies that have helped drop Virginia's unemployment rate from 7.4% in January 2010 to 5.8% today, the lowest unemployment rate in the Southeast. Now, the governor is laying out a number of initiatives and goals for the administration to focus on in the final months of his time in office. The governor made the announcement while on his annual visit to bond rating firms in New York City where he, along with legislators and administration officials, will discuss Virginia's fiscal standing and financial outlook moving forward.more...
Governor Bob McDonnell met yesterday with USMC veteran Sergeant Brendan O'Toole of The Run For Veterans, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds to support veterans issues. Sergeant O'Toole, who is in the final leg of his run across the nation, presented Governor McDonnell with an American flag he has carried with him during his journey. more...
- Governor McDonnell issued the following proclamation, recognizing September 11, 2013 as a Day of Remembrance, Patriotism and Prayer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The governor also invited all to witness a one-minute, statewide Moment of Silence starting at 9:37 AM-when American Airlines Flight 77 impacted with the Pentagon in Arlington County.
The proclamation is available below and online at http://www.governor.virginia.gov/OurCommonwealth/Proclamations/viewproc.cfm?id=390