Randy Reeves is an accomplished leader with nearly 40 years of combined service in the U.S. Military and in government at the Federal, State and Local levels. Hallmarks of his many years of service include his ability to build high performing teams, maintain strong bi-partisan relationships and to work across all political and ideological lines to serve America's Veterans and Military.
Mr Reeves served as the Sixth Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs from 2017 to 2021, where he led the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) and VA's 153 National Cemeteries in providing dignified burial options for Veterans and eligible family members. His responsibilities included maintaining the cemeteries as national shrines; design and construction activities related to the establishment of new national cemeteries; overseeing memorial programs to honor the service of Veterans, including the provision of headstones, markers, medallions and Presidential Memorial Certificates; and administering federal grants to help states, territories and tribal governments establish Veterans cemeteries. During his tenure the National Cemetery system underwent the largest expansion since the Civil War, expanded virtual memorialization through the Veterans Legacy Program and provided unprecedented customer service where NCA scored 97% on the American Customer Service Index; highest in history for any public or private entity.
Prior to becoming Under Secretary, Mr. Reeves served as Executive Director of the Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board from 2011-2017. During his tenure, he drastically increased service to Mississippi Veterans, while consistently improving fiscal accountability and efficiency of operations across all services including claims, cemeteries and nursing homes. Prior to being appointed Executive Director, he entered State service in 2009 where he served as the first Director of the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery and coordinated funding for and oversaw construction of Mississippi's first State Veterans Cemetery. He was then appointed Deputy Director of the Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board in late 2009 where he was responsible for leading Strategic Planning and Modernization initiatives for the Agency.
Mr. Reeves also served as the President of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA); an organization whose members serve and represent our Nation’s over 20 million Veterans. In addition to serving as NASDVA's President, he served as Senior Vice President, Junior Vice President, Secretary, Legislative Committee Chair and Healthcare Committee Chair. He was instrumental in the development and passage of key legislation that greatly improved the Veterans Claims Appeals process and State Veterans Nursing Home funding. Appointed to the Department of Veterans Affairs Rural Health Advisory Committee in 2015, he served as Chair of the "Models of Care" Subcommittee where he authored key recommendations to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Mr. Reeves originally entered military service in 1980 when he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served for eight years as an enlisted man in the Air Force and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy in 1988. During his 27-year military career he served at sea and ashore in various positions, including command. He is a Veteran of Operation Desert Storm and the Global War on Terrorism with multiple deployments during combat operations.
Mr. Reeves is a Certified Public Manager and a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Program at Harvard University, the John C. Stennis Institute State Executive Development Institute at Mississippi State University, and the Institute for Educational Leadership Education Policy Fellowship program. He earned a Master’s degree in Health Science from Touro University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Peru State College in Nebraska. He is the recipient of numerous military and civilian honors and awards.