#BorneTheBattle 87: Randy Reeves – Navy & Air Force Veteran, Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs


Many of us have a passion for serving Veterans. For some, it’s a true calling. That’s what I saw in this week’s guest, Randy Reeves, when we were conducting our interview.

Randy C. Reeves was nominated by President Donald J. Trump to serve as the 6th Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs and was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 8, 2017. National Cemetery Administration has received exceptional marks in the past, and Under Secretary Reeves is committed to building on that.

About Under Secretary Reeves:

As Under Secretary, he leads 135 national cemeteries in providing dignified burial services for Veterans and eligible family members. His responsibilities include 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.

He shares stories from his time in the service, his transition out of the military, losing a close friend and how that keeps him inspired to serve Veterans.

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Timothy Lawson

Timothy Lawson has been a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since April 2016 and is the host of VA’s official podcast, Borne the Battle. He graduated from American University’s School of Communications in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tim is a Marine Corps Veteran having served as a Marine Security Guard posted at embassies in Algeria, Russia, and Peru.


  1. Henry Johnson    

    I have tried to join the VA for years, never accepted.
    Can you help!

  2. Kameye Smith    

    I am from Mississippi, and I work in the Veteran’s Service Center in Laurel, MS. I personally have been able to meet Mr. Reeves, as well as being in meetings and training sessions where he was the Featured Guest. I can tell you that Mr. Reeves has a passion for helping Veterans. Thank you for giving others a chance to have an insight as to not only who Randy Reeves is, but also to be able to hear him speak of the passion that drives him in his day to day duties. I was sorry to hear that Mississippi was losing him, but as soon as I heard where he was going, I knew it was a calling and an opportunity he could not turn down.

    A couple of weeks ago, I was able to visit the State Veterans Cemetery in Newton, MS. I witnessed the service of two Navy Veterans. I cannot begin to tell you how professional the services were that day. If anyone wants to be in awe, you should witness this first hand. Our Veterans are truly honored at these services. They are forever honored at these memorial cemeteries. You never felt as if any of the Staff were there because it is their jobs, you could tell it was an honor for them to be able to show the upmost respect for these men that had served their country, Again, if nothing else, please make time to visit one of the Veterans Cemeteries and see just how our Veterans are taken care of once they reach their final resting place. Thank you, Mr. Reeves, for your Service, and for what you are doing for our Veterans. We will all be seeing great things in the near future, I have no doubt!

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