was appointed February 11th 2013 by Governor Brown as Deputy Secretary for the
Veterans Services Division at the California Department of Veterans Affairs.
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.
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.
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.
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
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