The primary purpose of the VAG is to work together with HUD's Diversity Council and HUD employees to promote veteran employment, education, community outreach, and volunteerism while working progressively within the established policies and management goals of HUD. The VAG is convinced that this goal can be accomplished by nurturing a HUD workforce that welcomes and embraces diversity, respects veterans, promotes personal achievement and offers opportunities and encouragement for each and every veteran to reach their full potential. VAG is further convinced that this goal will be accomplished by continuing to welcome and embrace the unique differences and similarities that every veteran brings to the workplace.
The VAG will work collectively, to participate and have input in implementing diversity throughout the HUD workforce which will permeate every facet of HUD's structure. Working with the HUD Diversity Council and HUD employees to champion efforts to assist in the development and maintenance of a vital and effective HUD employee workforce by:
- Promoting opportunities that demonstrate an appreciation for, and celebrate, the contributions of veterans;
- Promote veteran contributions, and
- Produce a HUD work environment that is conducive to all employees best performance and in accordance with HUD's values and goals
VAG will work to foster a climate where all HUD employees respect, appreciate, and value individual differences and capitalize on the strengths of our veteran:
- Educate the HUD workforce on the contributions veterans bring to the workforce;
- Serve as one of the primary voices for HUD veteran employees on the HUD Diversity Council;
- Provide recommendations in the development and implementation of veterans diversity policies;
- Provide recommendations for compliance with the standards for establishing and maintaining effective affirmative programs of equal employment opportunity;
- Provide recommendations toward ensuring compliance, coordination and accountability with the President's Executive Order, dated November 9, 2009, regard Veterans Employment Hiring and Initiatives;
- Advocate for increased veterans employment and a positive work environment;
- Advocate and support the HUD Veterans Employment Program Office;
- Advocate to establish an open/transparent relationship with HUD Human Resources, and the Veterans Employment Program Office, for the purpose of advocating effective use of veteran hiring authorities;
- Recommend policies that foster awareness, understanding, education, and encourage employee participation in national, local and departmental events that recognize veterans contributions;
- Encourage employee participation in Town Halls and other open discussions regard issues and challenges veterans and other diversity groups face in the work place;
- Improve veteran's retention and positive work experience and collaboration with HUD's Employee Assistance Program Office;
- Support and encourage diversity, equal treatment and fairness in the work environment for all HUD employees;
- Provide opportunities for HUD employees to better understand and appreciate veterans, and
- Strongly encourage support for, and participation in HUD's Veteran Mentor Program.
- Professionalism - We understand the importance of a strong work ethic, and take great pride in the important work that we do to support and help strengthen American families. We are committed to achieving excellence in all that we do, including holding ourselves accountable for our work, exhibiting good listening skills, being flexible and open to change in the work-place, by having a positive attitude toward our coworkers, and by enthusiastically serving the public interest. It is a privilege to serve the American people as a HUD employee.
- Leadership - We are all leaders, whether we are in management or at entry level. Leaders take responsibility for seeing that the job is done according to high professional standards. They provide vision for their work unit; they guide change through effective planning and goal-setting; and they help to build effective working relationships. Leaders inspire esprit de corps by serving as a role model, by sound decision-making, and by treating all people fairly and without bias.
- Teamwork - We understand that the best way to successfully accomplish our mission is through teamwork. An effective team works together to anticipate potential problems, develop effective plans to help solve those problems, and implement solutions with effective cooperation and communication, and in a manner that makes full use of the human capital and physical resources available to the team.
- Character - We strive to be honest and forthright individuals, worthy of the trust that the public places in us. We conduct ourselves with integrity at all times, both on and off duty, to ensure compliance with departmental ethics rules and all local laws. We recognize the importance of exercising good judgment in making public statements by way of social media or print and broadcast media, especially where such statements reflect on the actions or activities of the Department.
- Cost-efficiency - Each of us is responsible for helping to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in the workplace, by making sure to report those instances to our supervisors or to the appropriate office, wherever they are encountered. We are mindful of the increasing need to streamline and reduce budget expenditures and to thereby reduce the tax burden upon the American people. We are constantly mindful of the need to do more with less.
Membership in the VAG is open to all HUD veterans, Spouses of Veterans, and HUD employees as Friends of the VAG.
2018 Events and Resources
- Center for Women Veterans (Women In Military Service for America Memorial)
- Contact HUD Vets Hire: Feds Hire Vets
- National Military Appreciation Month (May 2017):http://www.nmam.org/
- 2018 VAG Memorial Day Program- (50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration): Thursday, May 24, 2018 (11:00a.m. – 12:30p.m.) HUD HQ) http://www.vietnamwar50th.com/
- HUD (20176) Veterans Day Program: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 (11:00 a.m. - 12:30p.m. EST)
- Veterans Day/Memorial Day Planning Committee: POC-Walter Elmore
- 2018 VAG Boot Collection Distribution & VAMC Winter Haven/Stand- Down (January 24, 2018) at the Washington Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC)
- June (2018) PTSD Awareness Month: PTSD Awareness Month - September 2018 - Suicide Prevention Month - October 2018 - Breast Cancer Awareness Month
- VAG Officers Elections: A VAG Election of Officers was held in February 2017
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: http://www.va.gov
- Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC): http://www.washingtondc.va.gov/
- VAG Officers Elections: A VAG Election of Officers was held in February 2017 - Next Election - February 2020
- Breast Cancer Awareness Breast Cancer Awareness Month: https://www.uicc.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month-2018
Donald Wooten, Vice Chair – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dale Darrow, Recorder – Ebony A. Johnson - Ebony.A.Johnson@hud.gov
Email questions to: VeteransAffinityGroup@hud.gov
Shirley Robinson - Shirley.V.Robinson@hud.gov