Quinn tapped to be VA undersecretary

By: - April 9, 2021 2:31 pm

Maj. Gen. Matthew Quinn (Department of Defense)

Former Montana Adjutant General Matt Quinn has been tapped by President Joseph Biden to be the Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs for the Veterans Affairs. Maj. Gen. Quinn served as the 27th leader of the Montana Army National Guard, and he also served in the U.S. Army.

Quinn is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom, commanding soldiers at the company and battalion level.

If confirmed by the United States Senate, Quinn would oversee the maintenance and operation of 155 VA national cemeteries, which provide burial services for veterans and eligible family members. Quinn would also oversee design and construction of new VA national cemeteries and managing memorial programs, which includes headstones, markers, medallions and Presidential Memorial Certificates. The undersecretary also administers federal grants to 118-funded veterans cemeteries.

Quinn was the president of ELM Locating and Utility Service. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Montana State University, a master’s of business administration from the University of Montana, and a master’s from the U.S. Army War College.

Quinn is married and has five children, Jon, Braeden, Maddi, Kailyn and Megan.

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Darrell Ehrlick
Darrell Ehrlick

Darrell Ehrlick is the editor-in-chief of the Daily Montanan, after leading his native state’s largest paper, The Billings Gazette. He is an award-winning journalist, author, historian and teacher, whose career has taken him to North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Utah, and Wyoming.