Val’s Journey

I am a life-long democrat, former vice-chair of Muscogee County Democratic Committee and Muscogee County delegate to the Democratic Party of Georgia. I am a long-time resident of Georgia but, I graduated from Central H. S. in Brooklyn, New York. I earned an AA from LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York, and a BA from Hunter College of City University of New York. I received a DPM from Ohio College of Podiatry Medicine – now Kent State University College of Podiatry Medicine – in Cleveland, Ohio. Later in life, I returned to school for a Certificate in Sustaining Base Leadership and Management from Army Management Staff College and a MS in Healthcare Management from Troy University in Troy, Alabama.

I emigrated from Haiti in 1969 and began to build a life here in the United States. I immediately fell in love with our democratic system and soon realized the need to serve, protect and defend the people of my new country. This led me to join the US Army Active Duty after graduation from Hunter and later I transferred to the US Army Reserves so I could go Medical School. I continued to serve in the Reserves for 9 years. After graduation from Medical School, I practiced in a medically under-served area with the National Health Service Corps from for 4 years before I joined the Military Health Care System as a civilian federal employee in the US Air Force and later in the US Army. I retired from Martin Army Community Hospital, Fort Benning, Georgia, after 35 years of federal service.

I have been fortunate to have strong family support in all of my endeavors. I was married for 46 years to the love of my life, Nicole. Sadly, she passed away after battling years of chronic diseases. In addition, I faced a personal fight for my life when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, a fight which I’m glad to have overcome. Having been cancer-free for a long time. I have experienced the positive and negative sides of our healthcare system. I was lucky to have good insurance, but I know this isn’t the case for everyone. I am ready to fight for a better healthcare system that would benefit all citizens.

I have been blessed with 5 children, 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. I love fishing, golfing – even though I’m not too good at it – reading and playing with my grandchildren and great-grandchild in my spare time.

I continue to carry my experience in military and civilian service into activism for my brothers and sisters who work in federal government service like I have. Currently, I serve as the legislative and political coordinator for the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE ) Local 54 in Fort Benning, GA.

Now, I am ready to continue to serve my country and be the fighting voice of the people of Georgia’s 3rd Congressional District in Washington.

Make Your Vote Count! Vote for me.