Margarita Devlin was selected to serve as Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Benefits in the Department of Veterans Affairs on May 14, 2018. In this position, she serves as second in command in the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), which administers benefits programs for Veterans, including education, home loan guaranty, disability compensation, pension, fiduciary, vocational rehabilitation and employment, life insurance, and transition assistance. Services are delivered through a nationwide network of 56 regional offices, special processing centers, and VBA Headquarters.
As Principal Deputy Under Secretary, Ms. Devlin led many of VBA’s landmark transformation efforts and implementation of key legislative priorities, such as the Blue Water Navy Act. She has pioneered advancements in military to civilian transition and suicide prevention to include the launch of VA Solid Start program.
Ms. Devlin has a long history with VA, having served for over 25 years in various positions of increasing responsibility. She began her VA career as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and progressed through leadership positions within VBA, as well as with the Veterans Health Administration, and at the VA Department level.
Executive Director, Benefits Assistance Service (2017 – 2018)
Executive Director, Navigation, Advocacy and Community Engagement (2015 – 2017)
Executive Director, Interagency Care and Benefits Coordination (2014 – 2015)
Acting Director, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service (2013)
Deputy Director, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service (2009 – 2013)
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Officer (2005 – 2008)
Assistant Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Officer (2003 – 2005)
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (1995 – 2003)
Master of Arts, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL – graduated August, 1995
Bachelor of Arts, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL – awarded August, 1995 with MA degree
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