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Congressman James Banks
James's Primary: 2 years 39 weeks ago

Congressman Banks is a combat veteran of the US Navy
He is running for United States House of Representatives

Congressman Jack W. Bergman
Jack W.'s Primary:

Congressman Bergman is a combat veteran of the US Marine Corps
He is running for United States House of Representatives

Congressman Darrell Issa
Darrell's Primary:

Congressman Issa is a combat veteran of the US Army
He is running for United States House of Representatives

State Senator Jarred "Jay" Collins
Jarred "Jay"'s Primary:

State Senator Collins is a combat veteran of the US Army
He is running for United States House of Representatives

Congressman Donald Bacon
Donald's Primary: 2 years 38 weeks ago

Congressman Bacon is a combat veteran of the US Air Force
He is running for United States House of Representatives

Congressman Michael G. Waltz
Michael G.'s Primary: 2 years 46 weeks ago

Congressman Waltz is a combat veteran of the US Army
He is running for United States House of Representatives

Congressman Scott G. Perry
Scott G.'s Primary: 2 years 40 weeks ago

Congressman Perry is a combat veteran of the US Army National Guard
He is running for United States House of Representatives

Congressman Jake Ellzey
Jake's Primary:

Congressman Ellzey is a combat veteran of the US Navy
He is running for United States House of Representatives

Congressman Ryan Zinke
Ryan's Primary:

Congressman Zinke is a combat veteran of the US Navy
He is running for United States House of Representatives

Congressman Michael J. Gallagher
Michael J.'s Primary: 2 years 43 weeks ago

Congressman Gallagher is a combat veteran of the US Marine Corps
He is running for United States House of Representatives

Congressman Daniel R. Crenshaw
Daniel R.'s Primary: 2 years 48 weeks ago

Congressman Crenshaw is a combat veteran of the US Navy
He is running for United States House of Representatives

Congressman Brian Mast
Brian's Primary: 2 years 46 weeks ago

Congressman Mast is a combat veteran of the US Army
He is running for United States House of Representatives

Congressman Ronny Jackson
Ronny's Primary:

Congressman Jackson is a combat veteran of the US Marine Corps
He is running for United States House of Representatives

Senator Thomas Cotton
Thomas's Primary: 2 years 48 weeks ago

Senator Cotton is a combat veteran of the US Army
He is running for United States Senate

Senator James D. Vance
James D.'s Primary:

Senator Vance is a combat veteran of the US Marine Corps
He is running for United States Senate

Congressman Michael Garcia
Michael's Primary:

Congressman Garcia is a combat veteran of the US Navy
He is running for United States House of Representatives

Governor Ron DeSantis
Ron's Primary:

Governor DeSantis is a combat veteran of the US Navy
He is running for United States Governor

Congressman Mark Green
Mark's Primary: 2 years 48 weeks ago

Congressman Green is a combat veteran of the US Army
He is running for United States House of Representatives

Congressman Brad Wenstrup
Brad's Primary: 2 years 46 weeks ago

Congressman Wenstrup is a combat veteran of the US Air Force
He is running for United States House of Representatives

Congressman Trent Kelly
Trent's Primary:

Congressman Kelly is a combat veteran of the US Army National Guard
He is running for United States House of Representatives


The Stars and Stripes

Special Operations for America

Special Operation Speaks Spec Ops OPSEC 

“That pause before Combat, similar to General Washington on bended knee at Valley Forge”

US Marine Corps 



The Combat Veterans For Congress Political Action Committee is dedicated to supporting the election of fiscally conservative Combat Veterans For Congress. We seek Combat Veterans For Congress who believe in limited government, will rein in the out of control spending of Congress, are committed to preserving and defending the U.S. Constitution, and will support the independence and freedom of the individual as outlined in the Bill of Rights. We support Combat Veterans For Congress who are dedicated to promoting The Free Enterprise System creating the greatest economic engine in the history of mankind, provide for a strong national defense, and will endorse the teaching of U.S. history and the Founding Fathers’ core values in educational institutions. 

Path of The Warrior

Letter of Endorsement from Senator John McCain

Dear Friend,

I want to pose a question to you: “Are America’s best days now behind us or ahead of us?”

I strongly believe we can and must do better to ensure that our Nation’s best days still lay ahead. But there are some who powerfully argue that we are in the twilight of America’s years.

They say that President Obama and his allies’ massive big government expansion is so damaging and irreversible that it has forever stifled the ingenuity, energy and free enterprise spirit that built this great nation.

They proclaim that because President Obama’s tripling of the deficit to $1.6 trillion and the course he has charted to double the national debt, we must now recalibrate our hopes for our nation and our children.

They point to the government healthcare takeover, the failed economic
stimulus program, and the astounding expansion of government and say that because
we spent so lavishly on ourselves and saddled our children with crushing debts that
we have sentenced them to a lower standard of living. They sadly say that ours will
be the first generation of Americans that does not hope for a better life for our
children and our grandchildren.

Ominously, they also show the figures that demonstrate that despite President
Obama’s decision to OK the mission to eliminate Osama bin Laden, the President has
so slashed defense spending and weakened our defenses that we will fall behind the
Chinese and Russians and see our power and influence in the world forever eclipsed
while the dangers around us grow.

Has Ronald Reagan’s “shining city on the hill” gone dark? Are we rapidly
losing our place as the freest, most generous, most productive nation on Earth that
has stood for freedom and lifted the fate not only of its own people but of billions of
others around the globe?

While it is clear that America is in dire straits, I strongly reject the idea that
America’s best days are behind us.

In the coming election, if we can capture not only the White House but also
take control of Congress, we can turn our nation’s course and leave a better America
to our children and grandchildren. However, such a victory will be a huge challenge.
At the close of President Jimmy Carter’s presidency when there was doubledigit
inflation and interest rates and our defenses had seriously deteriorated, there
were similar questions about whether America could ever look forward again to

We very well could have entered a long period of further serious decline if it
were not for the election of Ronald Reagan with the Republican takeover of the Senate
and critical gains in the House.

If we are to rescue America we must elect men and women to both houses of
Congress who understand that peace comes through American strength but who are
also individuals of integrity and courage.

We need men and women who will serve this country in Congress who can
stand the withering attacks of the far left special interests and have the courage of
their convictions to do what is right for America.

We cannot and must not have men and women who promise to set America on
a course to restore our economic and national security but who are co-opted and
compromised once they come to Washington.

I know of a unique breed of Americans who have demonstrated they have the
integrity, courage and convictions to help restore America’s greatness and who have
demonstrated they can withstand more than the attacks they will encounter as a
member of the House or Senate.

They are America’s Combat Veterans. These brave men and women who have
fought on the frontlines for America are just the people we need in office.
Increasingly we are seeing a growing number of fiscally conservative Combat
Veterans seeking election to Congress and I believe that America needs these battletested
individuals in Congress.

It is going to take enormous courage to turn America away from the failed
course it is now on and we urgently need these special individuals who will help
wage this historic battle for us. That is why, I want to ask you to join me in
supporting the Combat Veterans For Congress Political Action Committee.

More than just electing men and women who promise to stand strong for
America, this is the one political action committee that only supports individuals who
have already proven their commitment to this country under the most difficult

The Combat Veterans For Congress Political Action Committee (CVFC) is
headed by Retired Navy Captain Joe John who served in Vietnam, Desert Storm and 9
Counter Terrorist Operations and was a Counter Terrorist Intelligence Analyst with
the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He and his Board of Directors, which
includes Lt. Col. Orson Swindle, USMC (Ret.), a friend of mine whom I met while a
POW in Vietnam, do not receive a dollar in compensation and do this solely for the
sake of our nation.

Started in August 2009, the Combat Veterans For Congress PAC made a
significant impact in the 2010 mid-term election. Twenty-seven of the endorsed
Combat Veterans For Congress won their primary races and they are listed on the
CVFC website.

Included in the 87 new freshmen members of Congress who were sworn into
office earlier this year, 12 were among the 27 battle hardened candidates that CVFC
supported during the 2010 primaries. I expect these 12, who have demonstrated their
love of this country and are committed fiscal conservatives, to be leaders in the fight
to restore fiscal sanity to our nation and repair our defenses.

If you, like me, are outraged that at a time when 43 cents of every dollar the
federal government spends is borrowed, the government is rapidly expanding and
increasingly intruding on our lives and freedoms and our nation’s defense are being
exhausted and not adequately replenished, I urge you to join me in supporting
Combat Veterans For Congress Political Action Committee.

Often when you give your hard earned dollars to a political action committee,
you do not know very much about the candidates who will ultimately benefit from
your support.

This is not the case with the Combat Veterans For Congress Political Action
Committee. You can be sure that every dollar you donate will go to individuals who,
as the CVFC motto says, have “Embedded Integrity.” When CVFC candidates say
they are fiscal conservatives that will work to return us to a nation of limited
government they mean it. They also will be individuals with the courage to stand up
to the bullying of the liberals and the smear tactics of their allies. They possess
extraordinary patriotism that will guide each of their decisions.

If you agree that at this most critical moment in our nation’s history when our
nation’s finances have been grossly mismanaged, our freedoms infringed and our
defenses made vulnerable, we need a new breed of extraordinarily patriotic men and
women serving in Congress, I urge you to make the most generous contribution

I believe that with quality men and women CVFC is helping to elect, we will
not only redirect this nation but we will definitively answer that America’s best days
are not behind us but truly lay before us.

Your dollars will enable these Combat Veteran For Congress to purchase the
television and radio advertisements they need to win. Your dollars will also help
them to organize voters in their districts and states and counter the massive voter turn
out efforts by the far left special interests in this nation.

Again, this is the one political contribution you can make that you can be
absolutely sure will support fiscal conservatives with the convictions and courage to limit
government and rebuild our nation’s defense. If we are going to elect these Combat
Veterans, CVFC needs your support today. Time is short. Please answer right away.


John McCain
United States Senator


P.S. I believe the 2012 election will decide the fate of this nation for a long time to come.
This nation is terribly off on the wrong track. If we are going to put us back on a path to
prosperity and security, we are going to need to return to our Founding Father’s uniquely
American vision of fiscal responsibility and limited government. To do that we need men
and women who have fought for the flag of this nation. That is why I am going to say to
you that the most important lapel pin you can wear in this election is not a campaign
button but the American flag. If you will join in supporting CVFC today, Captain Joe
John will send you a special American flag lapel pin that I hope you will wear with
enormous pride since you will know that you are helping to insure that America’s best
days are indeed before us.



This letter is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. Contributions
by corporations and foreign nationals are prohibited. Contributions by individuals are
limited to $5,000 per calendar year.

Support for LA’s Disabled & Homeless Veterans

      The Combat Veterans For Congress PAC has joined with the Vietnam Veterans of America expressing their hope that 387 acres of land will be used for the benefit of Disabled and Homeless Veterans.  The 387 acres of land that borders Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood, California, originally deeded for the benefit of Veterans in 1888, is being used for purposes that do not benefit Veterans in Los Angeles County. 

     Every Sunday for 3 years, the elderly Disabled and Homeless Veterans have been peacefully protesting the current lease of their deeded land to business entities in Westwood.  One of their peaceful acts of distress has been to fly the American Flag upside down—a recognized international signal of distress used on the high seas by seamen in trouble.  The Sunday peaceful demonstrations continue to be held on Wilshire Boulevard adjacent to the land.  Donna Beiter, the Executive Director of the VA in Los Angeles, regularly sent VA Police Officers to give those elderly and Disabled Veterans citations for flying the American Flag upside down. These Veterans that have been cited include WWII and Vietnam Disabled Veterans, some of whom are wheelchair bound. Those citations were subsequently thrown out by the Federal Judge in court hearings.  Beiter’s actions were, in effect, preventing Veterans from exercising their right of free speech. 

     A descendant of the family that donated the land to the VA for the benefit of Veterans and others have joined together in a lawsuit to support returning the use of land for the benefit of Veterans.  These include Harvard Professor for Constitutional Law (Laurence Tribe, Esq.), Gary Blasi, Esq., a UCLA attorney, Maj Gen Paul Monroe (Former Adjutant General of the California National Guard), the City of Santa Monica, the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, the Vietnam Veterans of America, Massey & Gall, LLP, the Inner City Law Center of Los Angeles, Ron Olson of Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP, Arnold & Porter, LLP.  Please click on the below listed links of various LA newspapers to review details of the issue.

ACLU sues Veterans Affairs over misused West L.A. complex that once served thousands of retired soldiers


Every Day Is Memorial Day for the Combat Veterans For Congress

Since the Revolutionary War, it has been estimated that 1.346 million American Patriots pledged and delivered their lives to make the ultimate sacrifice in combat to defend their brothers in arms while protecting our Republic and its values.  Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, National Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery; it was about coming together as one nation to honor those who gave their all.  On May 30, 2011 millions of Americans paused in solemn reverence, they participated in respectful commemorations across the nation, in order to remember those who for 235 years, by their actions, have protected and defended the rule of law enshrined in the US Constitution.  

Those who have gone before us, have entrusted us to safeguard and be the caretakers of the most precious liberties and freedoms we all enjoy. General Douglas MacArthur’s description of the fallen in his Farewell Address to the Corp of Cadets at West Point on May 12, 1962 is so appropriate on Memorial Day: “From one end of the world to the other, he has drained deep the chalice of courage”.  If you click on the below listed link you will be able to view scenes that honor military personnel of all services who were lost in combat, and you will also be able to listen to a stirring rendition of “Mansions of The Lord” by the West Point Glee Club.

Very few Americans are as articulate when trying to relate the depth of meaning that Memorial Day holds for the families of those who were lost in combat as was Lt Gen John F. Kelly, USMC, Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, when he addressed the Semper Fi Society of Missouri on November 13, 2010. None of those individuals present who heard Lt Gen Kelly’s address could have possibly understood the enormous grief Lt Gen Kelly held quietly within himself as he spoke; his address was given just four days after, his son, Lt Robert Kelly, USMC, was killed by an IED during his 3rd Combat tour in Iraq.  During Lt Gen Kelly’s address, he never mentioned the loss of his own son.  We honor all those American Patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice, those US military personnel involved in combat who today go “In Harm’s Way “ in Iraq and Afghanistan, all military personnel serving in the US Armed Forces who continue to protect and defend the Republic, and the 26 million Veterans who, at one point in their lives wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America” for an amount “up to and including their life.”    

Semper Fidelis,

Joseph R. John, Chairman, Combat Veterans For Congress PAC


RADM James J. Carey of the National Defense PAC deserves a great deal of credit for alerting us to the below listed background information, that attorneys would need to document points of authority to defend returning military personnel who were college students when they were mobilized to go into combat, and found upon release that they are being prevented from picking up their education by left leaning college professors who do not want to re-instill them into their courses or protect their course grades previously compiled before they were recalled.

Professor Wackerfuss:
A general E-mail was sent reminding students of Georgetown University policy about attending classes, and you included a line to the effect that the policy even overrides “military deployments.”  I want to bring to your attention that a federal law enacted in 2008 protects students in this situation, and a college or university that violates the law risks losing all federal funding. 
I invite your attention to  You will find more than 700 articles about the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), and other laws that are particularly pertinent to those who serve our country in uniform.  You will also find a detailed Subject Index and a search function, to facilitate finding articles about very specific topics. 
I invite your attention specifically to Law Review 1052, about section 487 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.  I have written most of the “Law Review” articles on the Reserve Officers Association (ROA) website.    For questions, contact Capt Samuel F. Wright, JASGC, USN (Ret), Director, Service Members Law Center at (202) 646-7730, Please do not treat this communication as legal advice.  If you need legal advice, contact an attorney licensed in your state. 

Combat Veterans For Congress Rein in Out of Control Spending by Administration

If you had the opportunity to watch Sean Hannity's evening program on April 12th on the FOX News Network, you would have been pleased to listen to the comments of 3 of the 12 elected Combat Veterans For Congress who are among the 87 new Freshman Congressional members.  Millions of voters viewed their relevant comments and principled stands that evening; on Sunday night on FOX there will be another program concerning the same issues with Freshmen Congressmen.  The nation is so fortunate to have representatives in Congress like Cong Adam Kinzinger, Cpt-AFNG (R-IL-11), Cong Michael Grimm, USMC/FBI (R-NY-13), and Cong Allen West, Lt. Col-USA (Ret) (R-FLA-22) as well as the other Combat Veterans For Congress.  The three Congressmen took firm and courageous stands on reining in the out of control spending by the Obama Administration and said they will insist on reductions in spending before they consider voting to raise the national debt limit.  In the November 2012 election, we encourage all American voters to support the re-election of these three courageous patriots and the other elected Combat Veterans For Congress listed on our Web site at, as well as the new slate of Combat Veterans For Congress we will endorse going forward.  They continue to be true to their pledge to protect and defend the US Constitution, and deserve our support for their dedication to the Republic.  Please pass this on to those in your address book who reside in their home states.


A 31-member Military Leadership Diversity Commission, set up by the Lame Duck Congress a year ago, requested that the Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, execute a “social experiment on diversity”; the goal of the recommendations is to change the make-up of the leadership of the US Armed Forces.  The Commission contains a sizable number of civilian-equal opportunity professionals, as well as some retired and active military personnel.  Because ethnic minorities are less likely to meet eligibility requirements for entrance into the US Armed Forces, the Commission is urging the Army, Navy,  Marine Corps, and Air Force to either lower or eliminate the standards that have always been used for acceptance of recruits into the military.  The Commission proposal states education, entry test level scores, criminal records, and drug use that up to this time have been used to disqualify a large numbers of applicants, including some minorities and all felons, unfair and should be eliminated.  The commission completed a 162-page report and strongly recommended that the Secretary of Defense and the Congress endorse the proposals, that they act to execute the Commission’s “social experiment on diversity”.  The Commission wants Secretary Gates to appoint a “Diversity Czar” who will bypass the Congress on all future matters concerning their proposed “social experiment on diversity” and that in the future the Diversity Czar be permitted to by-pass Congress and report directly to the Defense Secretary.   Another of the many recommendations is that at confirmation, all future flag officer selectees be required to demonstrate to the Senate Armed Services Committee that they have a rich background in promoting the “social experiment on diversity”; future promotions to flag would no longer be based upon what senior officers are best qualified to lead military personnel into combat and/or would be most effective at improving their command’s “Combat Effectiveness”.  While the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs is driving the current aggressive indoctrination of the US Armed Forces, in order to turn the US Military into an openly homosexual organization, the Military Leadership Diversity Commission is pressing the Pentagon to make additional destabilizing changes to the US Armed Forces in the midst of three theatres of armed conflict.  Among the many initiatives in its study, is a recommendation to open infantry and armor units to women; the study said that women should be allowed into male-only units to “create a level playing field” in promotions “for all service members who meet the qualifications.”

Hardened Combat Veterans say that “direct ground combat” is not like an MP being subjected to exchange of small-arms gunfire with insurgents, or of military personnel being wounded by an IEDs when transiting in a convoy, or a service member being abducted by terrorists while on patrols or on guard duty.  There is a true lack of understanding of exactly what direct ground combat entails, what closing with and destroying an enemy combatant by the most violent means available is; often it is a direct eye-to-eye confrontation, then being required to employ upper-body physical strength that physically fit US Marines, US Army Rangers, or US Navy SEALs train for.   Direct ground combat is defined as an action when opposing forces engage in violent, intense, close-in, hand to hand combat.  According to former Commandant of the US Marine Corps, General Carl Mundy, units which are trained repeatedly into fine-tuned teams to engage and defeat the enemy directly, exist and operate on the basis of masculine cohesion.  “I believe that female service members bring tremendous skills and talents to many sectors of our armed forces, but I believe equally strongly that they are not best suited for the unique demands associated with direct combat units.”

Congressman Allen West as well as Congressman Duncan D. Hunter, 2 of the 12 endorsed Combat Veteran For Congress who were elected in the 2010 mid-term election (out of the full slate of 27 endorsed candidates who won their primary elections), have already gone public on their view of the proposed “social experiment on diversity”; they feel the proposal is  intrusive and inappropriate.   “This is the last thing the military should be thinking about,” said Cong Duncan D. Hunter, a member of the Armed Services Committee who saw combat in Iraq and Afghanistan as a US Marine Corps Officer.  “Our military is engaged in a shooting war,” the California Republican stated.  “This is just another distraction that can’t interfere with what’s most important – winning in Afghanistan.  Congressman Hunter added, “some people seem to think the military is a staging ground for social testing, and that attitude only puts lives at risk.”  Congressman Allen West, a Florida Representative, who as a senior Army officer completed a 1 ½ year combat tour of duty in Iraq, and a 2½ year combat tour of duty in Afghanistan said “The US Military is a merit based organization where anybody can succeed.” Congressman West said the report  “is a slap in the face to those minorities who have achieved seniority”. In an interview with The Daily Caller, Congressman West, who is black, was not pleased with the report, saying that the military is not a social experiment for outside groups to impose their theories.

The US Naval Academy Admissions Office now openly practices the “social experiment of diversity”.  The Naval Academy Admissions Board now admits student with SAT scores in math as low as 410 and verbal scores as low as 370; the SAT score cut off for Midshipmen had normally been around 600 out of a possible score of 800.  A former Admission Board Member agreed to make the following statement on conditions of anonymity; he said “ The unfairness is absolutely real.”  The “social experiment on diversity” has been driven by the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff’s and the CNO since their appointments, and has resulted in the admittance of marginal students, mostly athletes and minorities, while by-passing  fully qualified white male students in the pool of 15,000 applicants annually.  The results of the admittance of marginal students has been an increase in serious violations of regulations such as drug use (resulting in multiple dismissals), excessive use of liquor and inebriation on weekend liberty,  increased violations of the Honor Code requiring retraining to retain minority students (as a former member of the Honor Committee there was no such thing as honor retraining; Midshipmen do not lie, cheat, or steal), and recently one Midshipman lied to a law enforcement officer when in custody for a federal offense.  The Brigade of Midshipmen have been negatively affected by the “social experiment on diversity”, and now the US Armed forces will be subjected to that same “social experiment on diversity” during a wartime and combat environment.  The Supreme Court has ruled that admission procedures at institutions of higher education that consider acceptance by setting percentages of race and gender in the make-up of an entering freshman class is discriminatory and those actions by any College Admissions Board is a violation of federal law.

The “social experiment on diversity” imposed on the Brigade at the US Naval Academy, pushing an openly homosexual environment on the US Armed Forces, and now a proposal by the Military Leadership Diversity Committee have collectively put the US Military under unreasonable destabilizing pressure during a wartime environment.  The proposal by the Commission to select future flag officers of the US Armed Forces using some type of litmus test on diversity will not improve the “Combat Effectiveness” of the US Military.   By recommending that senior military officers should only be selected for flag if they pass a litmus test on diversity, and selecting race and gender in some preset percentages, will not result in the promotion of the most qualified senior officers who would improve the “Combat Effectiveness “ of the US Armed Forces (there will longer be flag officers like Admiral Bull Halsey, General Patton, General Chesty Puller, General Jimmy Doolittle, etc., because they would not be “politically correct” selectees, besides they are all white males).  The American people are unaware of the aforementioned coordinated assaults on the most effective and professional military organization in the world, they are not aware that the agenda that is being driven by socialists and liberals who oppose the US Armed Forces’ high standards of duty, honor, country, and its support for the Judeo-Christian religions teachings is hurting the stability and effectiveness of the USD Armed Forces.  Those coordinated assaults by progressives, pushing a “social experiment on diversity”, will weaken the US Military over the long term.  The actions of outside forces supported by the Obama Administration have continued to push the above listed changes that are marginalizing the “Combat Effectiveness” of the US Armed Forces.  The US Military has protected and defended the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Republic for 234 years, experimenting with the structure and make-up of the US Military and assaulting its leadership structure will certainly destabilize the US Armed Forces.  We must rely on the judgment of the 12 elected Combat Veterans For Congress to coordinate their efforts with other C0ngressmen to halt the above listed dangerous experiments with the US Armed Forces. 

Joseph R. John, USNA ’62

Capt           USN (Ret)



We are pleased to inform you that another of the elected Combat Veterans For Congress, Congressman Steve Pearce continues his serious commitment to support Veterans and Veterans issues.  Congressman Pearce has formed a Veterans Advisory Council in New Mexico and on March 30th his Advisory Council is promoting Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans in New Mexico.  The Advisory Council is being proactive in many other areas as outlined in the attached summary.  Since his election, Congressman Pearce has been working tirelessly to rein in the out of control spending by the Obama Administration.  We are encouraging all who review this, to financially support another patriotic Combat Veteran’s re-election in 2012.



Congressman Commended for Reaching out to Vets; Helping them in Washington 

       Congressman Steve Pearce announced his newly assembled Veterans Advisory Council.  The purpose of the council is to give veterans a voice on pressing issues.  Through the council, Pearce will actively seek feedback and ideas on how to best serve local veterans.  The Congressman’s formation of the council has received widespread and enthusiastic support from New Mexican veterans’ groups.

     “This is a tremendous plan to help New Mexico’s veterans” said Robert Cano, commander of a Las Cruces chapter of Disabled American Veterans.  “In doing this, Congressman Pearce will get the general consensus from veterans across the state, from all different backgrounds.  Our voices will be heard in Washington.”

     Local American Legion commander Clint Dozier called the council “a great idea.”  Dozier explained that “people like the Congressman need to have a pulse on local veterans’ issues, and this is a great way to do that

     The announcement today was at Veterans’ Park in Las Cruces, as part of a weekend of ceremonies to honor New Mexico’s veterans, including a welcome-home ceremony for Vietnam veterans held at the park.  Pearce is cosponsoring a bill to designate March 30th as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.”

     Pearce expressed eagerness to continue his work for veterans through this new program.   “I am pleased to announce this Veterans Advisory Council,” said Pearce.  “As a Vietnam veteran, I understand the complexity and importance of veterans’ issues.  As a legislator, I understand the need to reach out to those who will be affected by legislation and those who know the issues at hand.  This group brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to aid in the formulation of strong policy.”

     Kevin Dasing, who will serve as chair of the council, said, “I applaud the Congressman for his insight in putting this council together.  This is the first council of its kind in New Mexico, and it will be a pleasure working with Mr. Pearce to address veterans’ issues.”

     Las Cruces Vietnam Veteran Bruce Forrest said that “this will definitely help out” with the needs of veterans, “especially with all the vets out there who don’t know who to talk to or where to go to get the help they need.  With members of the council from across southern New Mexico, the Congressman will be able to help all these forgotten heroes.”

     “We must be heard as veterans,” said Cano, “and Mr. Pearce has always made sure that our voices are heard.  The Congressman has always sat down to listen to us as veterans; he listens to us.  And on top of that, his people are always easy to reach.  I am very grateful for Mr. Pearce’s work for veterans.”

     The council will meet regularly by telephone to discuss issues and problems.  On a quarterly basis, they will meet with Congressman Pearce, to present him with priorities to carry to Washington and facilitate change.

     Pearce, himself a decorated veteran, has made service to America’s veterans a priority throughout his over six years in Congress.  Pearce logged over 518 hours of combat flight in Vietnam, and was awarded the distinguished flying cross.  He separated honorably with the rank of Captain.



Columbia University students heckled a war hero during a town-hall meeting on whether ROTC should be allowed back on campus.

"Racist!" some students yelled at Anthony Maschek, a Columbia freshman and former Army staff sergeant awarded the Purple Heart after being shot 11 times in a firefight in northern Iraq in February 2008. Others hissed and booed the veteran.

Maschek, 28, had bravely stepped up to the mike Tuesday at the meeting to issue an impassioned challenge to fellow students on their perceptions of the military.

"It doesn't matter how you feel about the war. It doesn't matter how you feel about fighting," said Maschek. "There are bad men out there plotting to kill you."

CLASH: Veteran Anthony Maschek (above, with fiancée Angela O'Neill) faced heckling from fellow Columbia students over ROTC (below).
Matthew McDermott
CLASH: Veteran Anthony Maschek (above, with fiancée Angela O'Neill) faced heckling from fellow Columbia students over ROTC (below).
Several students laughed and jeered the Idaho native, a 10th Mountain Division infantryman who spent two years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington recovering from grievous wounds.

Maschek, who is studying economics, miraculously survived the insurgent attack in Kirkuk. In the hail of gunfire, he broke both legs and suffered wounds to his abdomen, arm and chest.

He enrolled last August at the Ivy League school, where an increasingly ugly battle is unfolding over the 42-year military ban there.

More than half of the students who spoke at the meeting -- the second of three hearings on the subject -- expressed opposition to ROTC's return. Many of the 200 students in the audience held anti-military placards with slogans such as, "1 in 3 female soldiers experiences sexual assault in the military."

The university has created a task force polling 10,000 students on the issue, but would not release the vote tally of the 1,300 who have already responded.

In 2005, when the university last voted to reject ROTC's return, it cited the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

That policy was overturned in December, but resistance remains.

"Transpeople are part of the Columbia community," said senior Sean Udell at the meeting, referring to the military's current ban on transgender soldiers.

Faculty members are divided.

"Universities should not be involved in military activities," Sociology Professor Emeritus Herbert Gans told The Post. "Columbia should come out against spending $300 billion a year on unnecessary wars."

A group of 34 faculty colleagues, including historian Kenneth Jackson and former Bloomberg adviser Esther Fuchs, plan to announce their support of ROTC tomorrow.

José Robledo, 30, a Columbia student who commutes to Fordham University for ROTC coursework, said he found the treatment of Maschek abhorrent.

"The anti-ROTC side has been disrespectful and loud. They hiss and they jeer," he said. "It's been to the detriment of the argument."

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Real-life American Heroes Ready and Willing to Serve Congress

(LOS ANGELES, CA June 18, 2010) With four months remaining before the November Congressional elections, the endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress are developing a great deal of momentum nationally.

On March 30, 2010 Governor Sarah Palin endorsed the Combat Veterans For Congress PAC; 27 Combat Veterans For Congress have previously endorsed the PAC s Mission Statement, and the PAC has, in turn, endorsed the 25 Combat Veterans For Congress in the 19 states where they are running; the PAC s strong statement of support for each campaign, the Combat Veteran s photo in combat gear, and their bios can be reviewed by clicking on the Pac s the Web site at:

Governor Palin in her endorsement statement of Combat Veterans For Congress said: "Last week I campaigned for a true American hero, John McCain, and this week I'd ask you to join me in supporting a new generation of heroes who are heeding their country's call for leadership in Washington." Governor Palin goes on to say, "There are a number of great veteran candidates running for office this year, and there are some excellent organizations dedicated to helping them, including Combat Veterans For Congress PAC. I believe that these great veterans will fight for us in D.C. to uphold and defend our Constitution as courageously in the halls of Congress as they did on the field of battle.

"I'm so honored to offer my support to these American heroes, and I hope you'll join me in helping them so that they can serve us all in Washington. America, if you love your freedom, thank a Vet! And if you're looking for leaders who believe in integrity, service, and country first, look to our Veterans," concludes Governor Palin.

About Combat Veterans For Congress:  The Combat Veterans For Congress PAC, a Non Profit and Un-Affiliated PAC, was Co-Founded by Congressman Barry M. Goldwater Jr. (Ret), Reverge Anselmo (USMC), and Capt Joseph R. John, USNR (Ret) in August 2009.  Connie Stevens is the entertainment industry's representative on the Board of Directors, has traveled extensively in support of Combat Veterans worldwide, and has traveled nationally for individual Combat Veterans For Congress to support their fundraising events.

MEDIA CONTACT: Capt Frank Drdek, USNR (Ret)  818-378-0344


Real-life American Heroes Ready and Willing to Serve in Congress

(LOS ANGELES , CA   July 12, 2010) The Honorable Edwin Meese III former Attorney General under President Reagan has endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress PAC.  Capt. Joseph R. John, USNR (Ret) Chairman of the Combat Veterans For Congress announced he received a phone call from General Meese who said he supports the Combat Veterans For Congress and their intent to rein in the out of control spending by the Pelosi Congress.  In addition Attorney General Meese stated “These Combat Veterans For Congress have served us well on the battlefield.  Now they are willing to serve as leaders of government to continue to deal with the nation’s challenges.”

The Honorable Mr. Meese, the 75th Attorney General of the United States, served in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.  After a career in law in California, Attorney Meese joined California Governor Ronald Reagan’s staff in 1967, ultimately serving as his Chief of Staff in the Reagan Administration, Mr. Meese served as one of President Ronald Reagan’s principal advisors and ultimately as U.S. Attorney General of the United States.

Since his service as Attorney General, Mr. Meese has remained active in the service of our country, co-authoring the December 2006 final report of the Iraq Study Group. Attorney General Meese is Distinguished Visiting Fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, serves as Adjunct Fellow at the Discovery Institute, serves on the Board of Directors of the Junior States of America , and is on the Board of Directors for the Capital Research Center , a conservative think tank devoted to the research of non-profit groups.

About Combat Veterans For Congress:  The Combat Veterans For Congress PAC, a Non Profit and Un-Affiliated PAC, was Co-Founded by Congressman Barry M. Goldwater Jr. (Ret), Reverge Anselmo (USMC), and Capt Joseph R. John, USNR (Ret) in August 2009.  Connie Stevens is the entertainment industry's representative on the Board of Directors, has traveled extensively in support of Combat Veterans worldwide, and has traveled nationally to support individual Combat Veterans For Congress in their fundraising events.

MEDIA CONTACT: Capt Frank Drdek, USNR (Ret)  818-378-0344

Neither military information, military branch logos, nor photographs imply endorsement of the Combat Veterans For Congress by the Department of Defense or their particular Military Departments

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