Who we are: For Katie Graham, VA is more than just a job


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Everyday, millions of hardworking Americans report to their places of duty all across the country, and these civil servants quietly work to make your lives better, safer, healthier, more productive. Today, we in the Department of Veterans Affairs want you to know who we are. We want you to know that many of us are You, and we want to share with you what it is we do and why we care.

Meet Katie Graham, a program manager with VBA’s Loan Guaranty Service.

Graham, a noted green thumb and mother “of three beautiful children who are growing up faster” than she likes, recently celebrated her 13th year as a VA employee.

Though she isn’t a Veteran herself, Graham attributes her passion for Vets and her career with VA to her grandfather.

“My grandfather was a POW in WWII, and he died in a VA hospital,” she said. “He was a kind and wonderful man, and he was happy to receive his treatment at VA. There was nowhere else he wanted to go for healthcare.”

He’s the one who “encouraged me to apply for position openings with VA,” she continued. “He was so excited when he found out I had an interview with VA. He told all the nurses and doctors [at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center] we saw that I was interviewing to work with them.”

That first job was with VA’s Loan Management team at the VBA St. Paul Regional Office. There, she worked in loan administration, helping Veterans who had fallen behind in their home loan payments.

“In a world of automation and online applications, the regional loan centers continue to offer Veterans an assigned, single point of contact to assist and answer questions about their VA-guaranteed home loan. I think this is the most important thing we can do to serve our Veterans.”

Now, Graham works with systems developers and mortgage services in central office’s Loan Guarantee Service to assist Veterans in the community. It’s a new role for her—being on the other side of the benefit—but one that has new challenges and rewards. Still, she relishes the times she’s able to work with and help Vets.

“My grandpa told me if I was hired with VA, it would end up being more than just a job,” she recalled. “He said VA would be a career I would enjoy and could be proud of, and he was absolutely right.”

Thank you for serving our Veterans, Katie.

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Did you know?  When VA staff establishes contact with Veterans who are behind in their mortgage payments, possibly proceeding foreclosure, they are experiencing every kind of financial hardship. VA offers Veterans a direct phone number to reach someone who is familiar with their case, can walk them through the process, and answer all their questions throughout the life of the loan. I think many Veterans who have worked with a VA technician would say the relationship and the assistance they received was invaluable.

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Jason Davis

Jason Davis served five years in the 101st ABN, including two combat tours to Iraq. Nowadays, he’s social media administrator for the Veterans Benefits Administration.

Comments

  1. claudio Alpaca    

    More than a job surely, for it is our life itself and our manner to be, our DNA expression, our essence manifestation. What say of us and our life if not it is who we are, who we are born for, who we have choiced to be and the why we act if not we are what we are embrionically born for and have choiced to be, what we are further formed and forged for? A hard life but that we love, a hard life but what we are made and formed for, a life without we should be inexistent. Say it is more than a job is right and express the essence we have and the people we are, the people who inhabit on us and make us mouving on the direction we mouve, drive us to be what we are, perfectioning us ever more just be the veterans all known and see, the men who have fight for all their life and are unable to be other than veterans, that is men for whom fight, combat, live hardly is the life itself. What a poetry our life and what a music our acting.

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