Government: Career Employees

The individuals in this category have dedicated their lives to public service. In light of the most recent scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the following have given countless hours to bring pragmatic solutions to the most relevant problems, in addition to the positive work that they already do for the veteran community on a day-to-day basis. This category honor individuals  who devote their lives to serving the interests of veterans, and their work is appreciated and recognized by many in the community.

Matt Stiner

Matt Stiner is a fourth generation Marine, a combat veteran of the Iraq War, who also served as a Marine Combat Instructor of Water Survival and Green Belt Martial Arts Instructor. Following his honorable discharge from the service, Stiner was awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and attended the University of Oklahoma. In 2008, Stiner helped create the nation’s third Veterans Treatment Court in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has since helped create Veterans Treatment Courts throughout the United States as the Director of the Washington, DC based nonprofit Justice For Vets. 

In 2016, Matt Stiner led and organized highly visible and strategic White House engagements for the President of the United States and other Senior Administration Officials.  

Mark Toal

Mark Toal is a retired United States Marine Corps Colonel having served 28 years of active duty.  Toal is passionate about his position as National Veterans’ Employment Outreach Manager at U.S. Department of Labor.  Toal began working for the Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) in 2014.  He oversees a staff of regional veterans’ employment coordinators who conduct employer outreach to make it easier for companies to find and hire veterans and military spouses by leveraging federal, state and local employment resources and programs.

James Floyd

James Floyd is the elected Principle Chief Muscogee (Creek) Nation (MCN) and retired director of VA health care facilities in Muskogee and Tulsa. During his time with the VA, he served as  Medical Center Director (several locations), Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) Network Director. He started his career with the Creek government in the 1980’s with the Indian Health Service in Portland, Oregon.

Chuck Smiley

Chuck Smiley is a civilian contractor for the US Coast Guard and 8-year veteran of the United States Army. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas presented the Secretary’s Award for Volunteer Service to him in October 2016 for his many efforts pertaining to the local DC community including; “Operation Belly-Full,” which provided meals and clothing to homeless persons, have served 600+ individuals over the years; and the “Bright Minds with Bright Futures” school supply drive, which garnered volunteer support from Coast Guard personnel and members of the community in providing essential school supplies to over 2,200 underprivileged youth.  Chuck personally ensured that 500 backpacks filled with school supplies went to the families of US service members living in the D.C. metro region.