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.
A White House 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.
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.
Gov. Phil Bryant of Mississippi wrote on Facebook, “Reeves 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. Gov. Bryant presented the award for Reeve’s work as executive director of the Mississippi State Directors of Veterans Affairs.
The Mississippi Business Journal credits Reeves for:
- creating methods for consistent funding streams
- working with the Department of Employment Security on a veterans job program
- increasing educational institutions approved for veterans benefits
- Implementing an employee recognition program within veterans services
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.