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Deputy Secretary Veterans Services
Keith Boylan, 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 the Legal Unit at Swords to Plowshares, a non-profit veteran service agency in San Francisco.  During this time, he advocated for veterans and provided direct claim representation before the USDVA and Board of Veteran Appeals on their behalf.  

Keith later served as the Government Relations and Community Education Director for the Institute for Veteran Policy.   There his efforts focused on the development and implementation of the Combat to Community (C2C) program.  The C2C program included cultural competency trainings for law enforcement, first responders, HR professionals, clinicians, post-secondary faculty, faith-based providers, and legal advocates.

Most recently, Keith served as the Government Relations Liaison for the California Association of Veteran Service Agencies (CAVSA).  CAVSA is a consortium of non-profit veteran service agencies throughout the state that provide housing, employment, and mental health services to more than 20,000 veterans a year.

In his current role as Deputy Secretary with CalVet, Keith shepherds the provision of services and access to benefits for the more than 1.8 million veterans in the state.   This responsibility includes:  all compensation and pension claims and appeals filed with the USDVA, the approval and oversight of all post-secondary institutions in California for reception of GI Bill benefits, the Veteran Housing and Homeless Prevention (VHHP) program, State Veteran Cemeteries, Veteran Memorials and Monuments, the Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise (DVBE) program, Incarcerated Veterans program, and all outreach efforts statewide.  


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