Originally Posted by BoredGuy
That EW report also says he's a SHIELD agent and more patriotic peer to Hawkeye and Black Widow
seems to contradict these reports of him just being ex-military and working at the VA...
The Air National Guard/VA Hospital thing comes directly from the leaked script, so it isn't some rumor or speculation. The scene where Sam reveals this is where he and Cap meet for the very first time. So most likely, he *is* in the ANG, also working the VA, when he meets and befriends Steve, who then pulls some strings to get him hired on to SHIELD.