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Episode six brings us Michael Lumpkin. Michael served in the Navy and went on to work in three federal departments. He is currently the Special Envoy and Coordinator of the Global Engagement Center at the U.S. Department of State. In this role, Mr. Lumpkin leads efforts to coordinate, integrate, and synchronize Government-wide communications activities directed at foreign audiences abroad for the purpose of countering violent extremism and terrorism.

Mr. Lumpkin has more than 20 years of active duty military service as a Navy SEAL where he held every leadership position from platoon commander to Team commanding officer. Mr. Lumpkin has participated in numerous campaigns and contingencies throughout the world to include both Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

Covered in Episode Six:

  • Thoughts from Ralph Burns, a Native American Veteran.
  • Interview with Navy Veteran Michael Lumpkin
    • Michael’s decision to join the military.
    • Transitioning to government work.
    • Michael’s bout with cancer.
    • His decision to use VA health care..
  • Applying for health care
  • #VeteranOfTheDay Marine Veteran Sean Riordan

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Dr. Hilliard Seigler, right, a researcher and surgeon at the Durham VA Health Care System as well as Duke University, where the Durham VA shares an affiliation, performs surgery recently on a patient. At age 82, Seigler is VA’s older Veteran employee. (VA photo by Linnie Skidmore)VA transplant specialist approaching 50 years of world-class care to Veterans
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