On Tuesday, Aug. 9, VA Sec. Bob McDonald gave the opening address at the 84th national convention of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. This year’s convention is being held in Norfolk, Virginia, home to the world’s largest naval station.
In speaking to the convention, McDonald highlighted how VA is building “powerful, productive partnerships working for Veterans.”
“It’s important you know that since early last year our new MyVA Advisory Committee has been helping guide transformation,” McDonald said. “Committee members have brought extensive experience in medicine, government, Veteran advocacy, customer service, and organizational change.”
McDonald also underscored a number of world-class institutions and respected organizations who are working with VA. These include Johnson & Johnson, USAA, Starbucks, NASA, Kaiser Permanente, Hospital Corporation of America, Virginia Mason, the YMCA, the Elks, the PenFed Foundation, LinkedIn, Coursera, Google, Walgreens, academic institutions and many more.
“Over the last two years, we’ve helped build a new national network of 68 Community Veterans Engagement Boards—CVEBs,” McDonald told conference attendees. “CVEBs are local partnerships meeting Veterans needs with both community and VA assets. Our goal is 100 CVEBs across the country by year’s end. If your community doesn’t have one, let’s get on it.”
The Military Order of the Purple Heart was created by congressional charter in 1958. Its membership is open to men and women who were wounded in combat and received the Purple Heart Medal.