Michelle Obama visits Veterans Affairs Dept.
First Lady Michelle Obama traveled just two blocks Tuesday as she made the 12th stop on her tour of federal agencies and departments.
"I did not walk," she joked with the crowd. "It always seems so strange to ride around the block and get out of the car, but then I look at all the people who would -- we have to shut down just for me to walk across the park."
"One of the reasons why I do this is because so often federal employees feel under-appreciated," she said. "You often get a lot of the blame but sometimes none of the thanks. And my simple job is to say thank you, because the job that you do is a big one."
Millions of veterans and their families rely on the department's roughly 300,000 employees for health care and other education and economic benefits. Obama made the concerns of military families an early priority and continues to meet with military spouses and veterans on a regular basis.
"I really cherish those visits because it gives me a chance to say thank you to them, but it gives me a chance to assure our servicemembers and their families that we are committed to their needs," she said.
The VA headquarters on Vermont Ave. NW serves as the backdrop for a farmer's market Obama helped inaugurate in September.
The first lady was flanked onstage by VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki and several long-serving department employees (listed below).
Veterans Affairs Employees On Stage With Mrs. Obama:
|Name||Job Title and Office||Years of Service|
|Marilyn Twombly||Office of Management||32|
|Patricia J. Covington||Congressional Liaison Service||40|
|James S. McCain||Office of Acquisition and Logistics, Publications Service||44|
|Al Zanella||Office of Facilities and Acquisitions||Not Available|
|Dorothy Dillard||Office of Civil Rights||45|
|David P. McLaughlin||Motor Vehicle Operator||28|
|Ralph L. Taylor||Logistics Support Services||19|
|William R Bremby||Office of Administration||21|
|Loretta R. Rocko||Office of Acquisition and Logistics||20|
Source: Dept. of Veterans Affairs
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