Annie Walker is an 18-year employee of the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is the Director of Veterans Education, Transition and Employment (VETE). VETE is one of six directorates under the Virginia Department of Veterans Services. Mrs. Walker oversees the strategic development and 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 (V3) Program, the Virginia Transition Assistance Program (VTAP), the Military Medics and Corpsmen (MMAC) Program, the Virginia Entrepreneurship EcoSystem Initiative, and the Virginia Women Veterans Program and Summit. Mrs. Walker has presented at several professional and community events to include 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.” She also co-authored an article with partners from the VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) for Transition Innovations, the article was published in The Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, “Perceptions of GI Bill Recipients with Disabilities of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) as a Viable Career Choice”. Mrs. Walker also volunteers as a speaker with the Virginia War Memorial Teacher’s Institute.
Prior to her current 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. During this time, 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. Her military awards 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 41C-Fire Control Instrument Repairer, 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) and serves on several committees to include the Legislative Committee. Former Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Secretary Robert McDonald appointed Mrs. Walker to the DVA Veterans Advisory Council on Education and she is a past member of the DVA/NASAA Joint Advisory Council. Mrs. Walker has a B.S. in Vocational Education and a Master of Business Administration.