On behalf of the Veterans Affinity Group (VAG) Leadership, our VAG members, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Veterans Affinity Group (VAG) Veterans Day Planning Committee we would like to make you aware of, and extend this invitation to you, and your colleagues, and looks forward to your presence at the (2014) HUD Veterans Day Ceremony and Reception, scheduled to for Thursday, November 6, 2014, (11:00a.m. – 12:00 Noon). The (2014) HUD Veterans Day Theme: Honor, Courage, Loyalty: “Honoring All Who Served – Our Wounded Warriors”.

Our (2014) Veterans Day Program Keynote Speaker is Mr. Brandon Friedman, General Deputy Assistant Secretary (GDAS) for Public Affairs, (former Infantry Officer, Rifle Platoon Leader, and Executive Officer, with the 101st Airborne Division), with comments from Mr. Brian A. Sagert, HUD Las Vegas Field Office Director, (former Navy Operations Specialist), Mr. Brian A. Hawkins, District of Columbia Veterans Affairs Medical Center Director, (former Army National Guardsmen, and Pilot), and Mr. Jon Ostrowski, Director Veterans & Legislative Affairs, Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) (Senior Chief Petty Officer, United States Coast Guard Reserve).

Other distinguished will include Capt. Arthur M. Brown, Fleet Chaplain, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command, U.S. TENTH Fleet, Mr. John Benison, Director, HUD Office of Departmental Equal Employment Opportunity, the Military District of Washington Joint Forces Ceremonial Color Guard and Bugler, District of Columbia Public Schools Junior ROTC Cadets, the Prince George’s County Public Schools Junior ROTC Cadets, and others.

This year’s HUD Veterans Day Program will also include a collaborative venture with the HUD Veterans Affinity Group (VAG) and the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) sponsorship of a (2014) “Veterans Health & Education Fair”. The purpose of this collaborative (“Health & Education Fair”) outreach event is to educate, inform, and enroll our HUD military veteran employees, and their Family members/dependents, into the VA Medical Benefits program and make them aware of their available medical benefits, and the VA’s available medical programs and benefits. HUD military veteran employees, spouses, and dependents are encouraged to participate in this opportunity on Thursday, November 6, 2014 (9:00 am – 1:00 pm). Our focus is to urge all of our HUD military veterans, and their dependents to enroll in, and take advantage of their Veterans Medical Benefits, and other Benefit programs, and to pass the word in the community, to our Veterans, that the VAMC is to here to help our veterans and their Family members.

Services offered on Thursday, November 6, 2014, at the Weaver Building (HUD HQ.) will include VA Eligibility Personnel (ID Cards), VA Benefits Advisors, Glucose and Blood Pressure Checks, Flu Shots, Cholesterol Checks, Education on using Ebenefits and MyHealtheVet online systems, National Cemetery Administration, Trauma Services, and OEF/OID/OND Veteran Resources. Veterans will also have access to multiple local Veteran Service Organizations (VSO) to obtain membership and benefits information.

Veterans who have not previously enrolled in the VA Health Care System need to bring their DD214 and a Photo ID. Health Care Services will be provided only to Military Veterans and their Families.

The location for the (2014) Veterans Day Ceremony, and Reception, is the Weaver Building (HUD Headquarters), located at 451 Seventh Street, SW, Washington, DC. (Brooke-Mondale Auditorium). For Security purposes, all invited guest are required to RSVP with their First/Last Name, and last four numbers of their social security number (SSN), along with the name, and last four numbers of the SSN of anyone accompanying them to this Honorable event. Please RSVP to: Walter Elmore at: Walter.A.Elmore@HUD.Gov, or 202-402-7120, or Ms. Saad Akhdar at: Saad.X.Akhdar@hud.Gov or 202-402-4203.

The (2014) HUD Veterans Day Ceremony will begin promptly at 11:00am. Please use the South Plaza Entrance to enter the HUD Building and Parking is available at the L’Enfant Plaza Garage, on D Street, S.W. (Security screening is MANDATORY – Please bring proper photo ID)