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Honor, Friendship, and the Circle of Life

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  • Published on: September 22, 2021

IT Specialist, Dawin Gonzalez, honors his best friend’s life through his daily work contributions at OIT.

With over 20 years of experience in Information Technology, Dawin Cruz Gonzalez works as a Program Analyst for the Office of Strategic Sourcing, Acquisition Compliance. Mr. Gonzalez joined the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in April 2019 and now manages the Acquisition Compliance SharePoint site and the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act Scheduling process. Mr. Cruz Gonzalez was born in Puerto Rico and was the first member of his family to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, Air Force.

Dawin Gonzalez quote - by providing excellent public service, I am honoring the life of my friend Marcos, his family, and all Veterans.

Regarding VA’s Mission — “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” — how does this resonate with you and inform your work in OIT?

I met my best friend Marcos when we were in elementary school. We were inseparable and always looked out for each other. I pushed him to pursue his bachelor’s in information systems and to join the U.S. Armed Forces. Marcos was killed in combat in Iraq, leaving behind his wife and four children.

In my job, I’ve seen that VA is developing and improving information systems every day to facilitate the lives of Veterans and their survivors. Knowing this fills me with great pride because Marco’s family benefits from our services and products.

VA’s mission resonates with me because by providing excellent public service, I am honoring the life of my friend Marcos, his family, and all Veterans who sacrificed their lives for the safety of our country.

Why do you believe Hispanic Heritage Month is important to recognize?

Hispanic Heritage Month presents an opportunity to spotlight and celebrate Hispanic and Latinx contributions. It’s well known that Hispanics have broken barriers in sports, entertainment, and arts. However, Hispanics are making significant contributions in other important areas. Joseph Acaba made history as the first Puerto Rican selected for the National Air and Space Association Astronaut Training Group in May 2004. The Borinqueneers, Puerto Rico’s 65th Infantry Regiment of the United States Army, inspired and opened doors for many other Puerto Ricans to be part of the U.S. Armed Forces. Justice Sonia Sotomayor is the first Hispanic member of the United States Supreme Court. These are just a few examples of Hispanic influence on our culture which we can recognize and appreciate this month and all year round.

Our commitment to digital and IT transformation is shaped by daily dedication to customer service and the close collaboration of our workforce, managers, and leaders. Ready to join us in improving Veterans’ care? Check out all current information and technology career opportunities on DigitalVA. You can also contact VA’s Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer at 512-326-6600, Monday thru Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST or by submitting a resume to VACareers@va.gov.

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