It is with great honor that I accept the job as Director of Veterans Advisory Commission and County Director of Veterans Affairs for the City of Philadelphia. I am truly humbled by this choice and thank all who have helped me get here.
Though contrary to my first piece of news media released, I am a veteran who served in the United States Navy. I served aboard the USS Briscoe (DD-977) destroyer in the late 1990s, early 2000, and I myself am a hundred percent service-connected veteran who utilizes the VA health system on a daily basis.
I come from a long line of veterans - my father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, which I mere remember every time underneath my beret.
I have spent many hours volunteering with claims for my fellow veterans, just as someone did for me.
Working as your Director, I intend on collaborating all veterans' organizations that put veterans first. I want to continue to work side by side with Wanda Pate and Joyce Mckeown, who are here. They together have carried this office for the past two years diligently and productively.
Sadly, earlier this month we lost a great director and a friend to the veterans of Philadelphia, Edgar Howard, and I would be remiss if I didn't ask for a moment of silence in his great memory.