United States Army

I began my military career in the US Army on July 2006 and separated in February 2010. I was assigned as a 68 Kilo (Medical Laboratory Technician).

During my time in service I received several awards, including the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.  I was stationed at Fort Jackson, SC, Fort Sam Houston, TX, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington D.C., and Fort Stewart, GA.

After the military, I started a career at the VA’s Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System in Harlingen, TX as a secretary for the Associate Chief of staff for Primary Care.  Later, I worked for the Finance Department as an Accountant Technician and was promoted to the position of MCA DSS Program Analyst in April 2018 within the Finance Department.

I have received several recognition awards from the VA throughout the years:

  • Recognition in contributions and commitment to excellence in performance of her duties to support The Therapeutic Support Employment Services Program at Texas Valley Coastal Bend Healthcare System
  • Recognition in her exhibition of the Core Values of Integrity, acting with high moral principle, adhering to the highest professional standards, and maintaining the trust and confidence in the VA.
  • Recognition for her completion of a yearlong Career Development Program at Texas Valley Coastal Bend.

Laura Vela enjoys working and volunteering for local community events.