Paul E. Galanti Day


WHEREAS, on October 8, 2014, Paul Galanti will conclude more than four years of distinguished service as the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services; and

WHEREAS, a decorated war hero, Paul Galanti has inspired countless Virginians through his service, his courage, his words, and his example; and

WHEREAS, before he became Commissioner, Galanti served as the Chairman of the Board of Veterans Services; and

WHEREAS, in that role he recognized the critical need for an automated system to enhance the development of veterans disability claims for submission to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and successfully pursued the program to its implementation; and 

WHEREAS, as Commissioner, Galanti understood the critical need for expanded behavioral health, and rehabilitative and supportive services for veterans and families, which led to the creation of the programs that serve homeless veterans and incarcerated veterans; and

WHEREAS, Commissioner Galanti opened a new veterans cemetery in Dublin to give veterans in southwestern Virginia a final resting place of honor; and

WHEREAS, Commissioner Galanti helped initiate construction of a 40-bed addition to the Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center in Richmond; and

WHEREAS, under Commissioner Galanti’s leadership, the Virginia Department of Veterans Services launched the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program to encourage Virginia employers to recruit, hire, and retain veterans; and

WHEREAS, the Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center at the Virginia War Memorial, which opened in 2010, was named in honor of Paul Galanti and his late wife, Phyllis Eason Galanti, and  the Memorial stands as an enduring symbol of the nation’s commitment to freedom and the ideals of public service exemplified by the Galantis; and

WHEREAS, Paul Galanti’s service as Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services as an outstanding leader, mentor, and manager caps more than 50 years of service to his nation, his Commonwealth, and his community as a Naval officer, public servant, community leader, and veterans advocate; and

WHEREAS, a grateful Commonwealth pays special tribute to the extraordinary public service of Paul E. Galanti;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 8, 2014, as PAUL E. GALANTI DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.