Annie Walker is a 15 year employee of the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is the Director of Veterans Education, Training and Employment (VETE). VETE is one of six directorates under the Virginia Department of Veterans Services. Mrs. Walker oversees the management of the State Approving Agency for Veterans Education and Training (GI Bill), the Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program (VMSDEP), the Virginia Values Veterans Employment Program (V3) , the Virginia Transition Assistance Program (VTAP), the Military Medics and Corpsmen Program (MMAC) and the Job Training, Employment Skills Training Apprenticeship and Internships (JTEST-AI) better known as the Virginia Skillbridge initiative. Mrs. Walker presented at the 2013 Governor’s Conference on Housing titled: “Veterans and Their Communities: Strategies for Transition, Jobs, and Thriving Lives: The GI Bill-A Partner in Addressing Homeless Veterans.”
Prior to this position, Mrs. Walker worked as a Truancy/Dropout Prevention Case Manager, Petersburg Public Schools; Foster Care/Adoption Social Worker, Petersburg Department of Social Services and as a Prevention/Community
Specialist with Petersburg District 19 Community Service Board. She presented at many venues to include the Title I Regional Parent Involvement Conference on “Working with Children from Environmentally Challenged Communities.”
Mrs. Walker is a retired, disabled veteran from the United States Army. She is a graduate of the Army National Guard Officer Candidate School, Camp Murray, WA but decided to continue her career as an enlisted soldier, where she received many awards to include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Good Conduct Award, Overseas Service Ribbon and the Distinguished Instructor Award.
During her military career, Mrs. Walker was a 21G-Pershing Missile Electronics Material Specialist; 27M-Multiple Launch Rocket Systems Repairer and a 92Y-Unit Supply Specialist. Her last duty assignment was at Fort Lee, Virginia, where she was a Drill Sergeant. Mrs. Walker ended her military career in 1997 as the Director for the Instructor Development Course at the United States Army Quartermaster Center and School.
Mrs. Walker is active on the national level; she is the Vice President of the National Association of State Approving Agencies (NASAA). She was appointed by Secretary Robert McDonald to the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Veterans Advisory Council on Education and is a member of the DVA/NASAA Joint Advisory Council. Mrs. Walker has a B.S. in Vocational Education and a Master of Business Administration.