To find agents, prospective agents: Use REALTOR.com to view agents in the neighborhood. When you go into an office talk with ALL the agents not just with the floor agent. Keep all your antennae out and ask questions to determine honesty and intelligence. Dialog. There is no cookbook so use your senses.
When you dialog talk about VA, listen carefully. Specialties(badges) indicate but they DON'T guarantee. Most real estate "specialists" are generalists who think they're strong in "X".