When Christopher Lee Castle left the Marine Corps, he knew he still wanted to give back to veterans like himself. So he joined the Department of Veterans Affairs as a civil service employee in 2008.
Christopher is a loan specialist at the Veterans Benefits Administration and vice president of AFGE Local 1557 outside Denver. His job often puts him in contact with veterans and family members who are going through foreclosures on their VA guaranteed home loans and facing other economic hardships.
“I tend to get choked up when I see or hear of situations where a veteran or the family of a veteran is overlooked or they fall through the cracks,” Christopher says. “I believe that part of my function, both as a federal government employee and as an AFGE officer of my local union, is to represent those people and to give back to them the same kind of energy and commitment that their son or daughter did or that they did.”
Christopher shares his story in the latest documentary produced by AFGE as part of our “I Am AFGE” campaign, which is designed to increase the public’s awareness and appreciation of the women and men who work for them every day.
AFGE represents more than 210,000 bargaining unit employees throughout the VA. Veterans like Christopher make up one-quarter of the federal workforce.
Christopher’s story is part of AFGE’s year-long campaign to increase the public’s awareness and appreciation of the hard work and valuable services federal employees deliver.
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