Honoring Scott Karczewskiby Former Representative Michael H. Michaud
Posted on 2013-12-11
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Mr. MICHAUD. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Scott Karczewski
on the occasion of his retirement from the Department of Veterans'
Affairs after 36 years of dedicated service.
Scott's service to our country began in 1971, when he joined the U.S. Navy, serving on board the USS John F. Kennedy for more than three years. He began his VA career in 1977 at the Togus VA hospital as a temporary warehouse worker. He was quickly promoted to a full time file clerk position in the Regional Office, while still attending college at the University of Maine. Scott has held several positions at the Togus Regional Office including Claims Examiner, Senior Claims Examiner, Rating Specialist, Assistant Veterans Service Center Manager, Veterans Service Center Manager, and most recently as Director of the Regional Office.
Under his leadership, the Togus Regional Office has continued its exceptional performance as one of the top regional offices in the Nation, efficiently and accurately processing claims for Maine's veterans. The performance of the Togus Regional Office has been recognized with the establishment of two special missions, a rating resource center and a development resource center. These missions assist other regional offices with their backlogged claims and have contributed greatly towards the reduction in the claims backlog nationally.
Through his dedication and valued work, Scott has earned well- deserved appreciation and accolades including a Commendation Award in 1986 from the Chief Benefits Administrator, and the Eastern Area Leadership Award in 2007.
Mr. Speaker, please join me in congratulating Scott Karczewski on his many years of outstanding service to our veterans and wishing him a rewarding and enjoyable retirement.