OSA Staff Biographies - Office of Survivors Assistance
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OSA Staff Biographies

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Ann Duff is the Director of the Office of Survivors Assistance in the Department of Veterans Affairs. The office reports to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on all matters related to policies, programs, legislative issues and other initiatives impacting Survivors of Veterans and Service members.

As the daughter and granddaughter of career Army officers, and the spouse of a career Coastguardsman, Ann is no novice to the veteran and military world. Currently serving as a US Navy Rear Admiral (Lower Half), her present reserve assignment is on the staff of Chief of Naval Operations as the Navy’s deputy director of Military Personnel Plans and Policy. Earlier assignments include Commanding Officer, NR United States Fleet Forces Command N1; Director, Wounded Warrior and Veteran Assistance Program, Naval Sea Systems Command; Deputy Commander, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Detachment Newport; Director of Personnel, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa; as well as several leadership positions in recruiting and manpower planning and development.

Ms. Duff has a M, Ed in Instructional Design and a BA in Political Science from the University of Maine. She is a Joint Qualified Officer and has completed certificate programs in Business, Planning, Strategic HR Management, Strategic Communications and National and International Security from Naval War College, Cornell University, Harvard University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


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