Deputy Secretary Veterans Services
Keith Boylan was appointed February 11th 2013 by Governor Brown as Deputy Secretary for the Veterans Services Division at the California Department of Veterans Affairs.
Keith served in the US Army from 1989-1992 as a Tactical Fire Specialist and was deployed to Iraq with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in support of Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Desert Calm. After graduating from San Francisco State University, Mr. Boylan began working with Swords to Plowshares, a non-profit veteran service agency in San Francisco, as their Gulf War Outreach Coordinator. During this time, he was tasked with oversight of the Office of the Special Assistant for Gulf War Illness which included providing testimony to the Presidential Special Oversight Board on an array of issues, including the hazards associated with depleted uranium munitions, anthrax vaccinations, pyridostigmine bromide tablets, and various other toxins identified by the National Academy of Sciences to be present during the Gulf War.
He later served as the Government Relations and Community Education Director for the Institute for Veteran Policy where he worked to expand their Combat to Community (C2C) program, a curriculum based program for community partners who interact directly with recently returned veterans. The C2C program included training for law enforcement, human resource professionals, clinicians, and legal advocates.
Mr. Boylan most recently served as the Government Relations Liaison for the California Association of Veteran Service Agencies. CAVSA is a consortium of non-profit veteran service agencies throughout the state that provide housing, employment, training, and mental health services to more than 20,000 veterans a year.
Keith has served on the Board of Directors for the National Gulf War Resource Center and Veterans For Peace. He is currently a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and AMVETS.
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