On August 25, 2014, United States House of Representatives member Doug LaMalfa of California 1st District, presented Anthony “Tony” Silveria a “Special Congressional Recognition”, which states:
“With commendations and gratitude in honor of your exceptional dedication to all Veterans. In an unfailing pursuit of truth you selflessly put your career on the line and helped solve a 36-year old case. Congressional District 1 could have had no finer Marine in our ranks. You have been a shining example of all that is good in government service. You have brought honor to yourself and to all Veterans who are far better off because… YOU chose to stand and fight for them!”
Signed by Congressman Doug LaMalfa
Anthony Silveria is a Former Marine military police/disabled veteran employee removed from employment by Oakland VA Regional Office director for reporting harassment, discrimination based on disability, increased surveillance, and hostile work environment. Whistle blower and NO FEAR act not protecting disabled veterans from harassment for going out sick per doctors’ orders for incapacitating episodes due to exacerbation of disabilities by hostile work environment.
Military Service Background and Accomplishments:
United States Marine Corps (1990-1999)
Military Police, K-9 (Military Working Dog), SWAT (Special Weapons Assault Team)
Accident Investigator, DOD (Department of Defense) Instructor, Manager of MWD Kennels
Military Awards and Accolades:
Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal 3rd Award, Navy and Marine Corps Unit Citation, Air Force Outstanding Unit Ribbon, National Defense Medal, Certificate of Recognition 3rd Award, Meritorious Mast 4th Award, Certificate of Appreciation 5th Award, Certificate of Achievement, Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation, and Letter of Appreciation 19th Award (DD214)
US Marine Corps Meritorious Promotions:
Private First Class (Squad Leader throughout boot camp) June 2, 1990
Lance Corporal (#1 Graduate, Military Working Dog [MWD] Detector Course) January 15, 1991
Corporal (Won meritorious selection board, but promoted by time in grade) December 1, 1992
Sergeant (Meritorious Promotion through board selection at the base level, Marine of the Year, Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii) August 2, 1993
Superior Physical Performance Award April 6, 1993 and June 1, 1993
Provided personal protection of the Presidents of the United States; President Bush Senior and President Clinton, Vice President of the United States Gore, and other foreign and domestic dignitaries of various diplomatic affiliation
SWAT School, Honor team (#1 Graduating team), Special Reaction Team, and Fort McClellan, Alabama February 7, 1992
7th Annual Police Canine Competition at Schofield Barracks, awarded: 1st place Overall Top Dog, 4th place Narcotics Detection, 4th place Obedience, 2nd place Scouting, 1st place Controlled Aggression with MWD Rex 279C (Top Kennel Awarded to Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii) 1993
Military Policeman of the Quarter, Provost Marshall’s Office, Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii June 30, 1993
Marine of the Month, Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii June 30, 1992
Marine of the Quarter, Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii October 23, 1992
Noncommissioned Officer of the Month, Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii June 30, 1993
Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter, Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii June 30, 1993
Top Honor Graduate, Sergeants Leadership Course, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, 1993.
Planned and performed over 200 MWD demonstrations for Congressional Staffers, Foreign Dignitaries, and charitable civilian organizations as Assistant NCOIC for Military Working Dog Demonstration Team, 341st Training Squadron, 37th Training Group, 37th Training Wing, Lackland Air Force Base 1994 – 1996
K-9 Instructor and trainer for Joint Task Force 6, Mission JT650-97, in support of Virgin Islands Police Department, located a Kilo of Cocaine onboard a civilian vessel, March – April 1997.
US Marine Corps Team Sports Experience:
Football – All Marine Team, Kaneohe Bay – 1992
All Marine Team, Camp Pendleton – 1998 and 1999
Volleyball – Base champion, Lackland Air Force Base – 1996 (Coach and player)
Department of Veterans Affairs performance awards and last performance appraisal:
1. Performance award, 12/10/10, exceptional performance.
2. Performance award, 5/18/11, exceptional performance.
3. Performance award, 6/21/12, exceptional performance.
4. Most recent Performance appraisal dated December 3, 2012, Performance appraisal states I am fully successful in all areas except for Cooperation and Organizational Support. Immediate supervisor explained why I was exceptional, stating, “Mr. Silveria meets the exceptional level for performance for Cooperation and Organization Support because he is fully supportive. As a member of the Innovation Team and a new RVSR, he participated in several initiatives to assist the office in resolving the claims that were pending the longest and readily suggestions for improvement in processes/procedures as he identified areas where improvement was needed. Mr. Silveria also remained flexible as the workload of the Innovation Team increased in both volume and complexity as necessitated by the workload for the RO.”