According to Pew Research, there are over 20 million veterans in the United States. That is more than 20 million men and women who served this country in some of the most far-flung, hard to reach places on the planet. And they did it to protect our rights, our way of life, and our freedoms.
America’s veterans share a strong bond that non-veterans may not and cannot understand. They are separated from family and friends for extended periods of time, they sacrifice their own physical and financial security, and in those times of separation create bonds with their fellow soldiers, Marines, and sailors.
Our policymakers need to be invested in their well-being. Whether we are ensuring their physical or emotional well-being when they return home or we’re providing resources so they can build successful lives once their term of service ends, we owe a debt to these good men and women.
At the Coalition for American Veterans, we work to hold Congressmen and those who run for Congress accountable. We believe that the more voters know about where lawmakers and would-be lawmakers stand on the issues – in particular, veterans issues – the better we can safeguard the rights and freedoms of veterans in the way they safeguarded ours.
In the fall of 2018, CAV spent nearly $50,000 in four targeted races to educate voters on the strong, pro-veteran positions and candidacies of Chip Roy (TX), Mike Coffman (CO), Andy Barr (KY), and Brian Mast (FL). Those four candidates all went on to win seats in the 116th Congress.
These four men understood the needs of this nation’s veterans. Reps. Roy, Coffman, and Mast – veterans themselves – know firsthand how trying military service can be and it is exactly that perspective that Congress so desperately needs.
That is why the comprehensive traditional and social media effort took off. The independent expenditures proved to be enough in the waning days of the 2018 election to send these men to Congress where they have already shown they intend to keep their promise to our veterans.