After 30 years of service, Douglas L. Bragg is retiring from his current position as director, Oakland Regional Office, United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
Bragg has had the responsibility of overseeing services for California’s 1.8 million veterans. Over 127,000 of California’s veterans receive benefits from the Oakland Regional Office.
The total monthly compensation and payment benefits paid by the Oakland Regional Office are over $146 million.
An Air Force Vietnam Era veteran, Bragg began his VA career in 1979 at the VA Regional Office in San Francisco. He was in the forefront of the Oakland Regional Office’s response to the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, primarily responsible for the outreach effort to victims of the earthquake.
He was appointed to direct the Oakland Regional Office in October 2011.
“Douglas (Bragg) helped the Veterans Administration build the foundation for our current system of handling veterans’ benefits. His career has reflected his unswerving integrity and high moral principles,” Michele Kwok, assistant director, Oakland Regional Office, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.