Anthony Nitz published House Democrats Pass the Honoring Our PACT Act in News 2022-03-04 01:37:40 -0500
On March 3rd, all 222 House Democrats and 34 House Republicans voted to pass the Honoring Our Pact Act, a bill introduced by House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Mark Takano (D-CA-41). The bill addresses toxic exposure, burn pit exposure, radiation exposure, and, after decades of advocacy, creates a path for restitution for veterans and families exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, among other issues. Read the full press release here and read the text of the bill here.
Anthony Nitz published Join the Global Veterans and Military Families Caucus Team! in News 2021-10-03 23:07:29 -0400
We are quickly approaching a time of great change in America. Former President Donald Trump won Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania in 2016 -- three states that made up a core part of the Democrats’ “blue wall.” In 2020, President Biden won back all three along with Arizona and Georgia, but his victory was achieved by incredibly small margins in key states.
As we prepare for 2022 and 2024, we will need to adapt to this change. We will need to identify the places where we can make a difference for our community and other communities alike and fight to keep the House, Senate, and White House blue. I am determined to ensure that our 2021-2023 VMF team is ready to tackle these challenging times with a diverse, active, and outspoken group of leaders and volunteers.
I will be accepting applications for our steering committee leadership positions until 11:59 PM EDT on October 15th. I will strive to complete making appointments to these positions no later than October 20th. If you are just interested in volunteering with our caucus’s teams, please still send an application! I will share volunteer applications with our appointed leaders so that they can fill out their teams with interested volunteers.
Available Steering Committee and Volunteer Positions:
- Regional representatives for the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East/Africa
- Member Engagement and Advocacy - Team leader and volunteers
- Events Coordinator - Team leader and volunteers
- Communications and Social Media - Volunteers
If you are interested in being on our VMF team, please send me an email with what position or activities you are interested in and why you want to be a part of our team. Current service members, veterans, military family members, and allies are all welcome and encouraged to apply.
Anthony “Mike” Nitz
Chair, Global VMF Caucus
Join the team working on our newest caucus, the new Global Disability Caucus!
We would like to build the broadest possible membership in this new and important team within Democrats Abroad.
The mission of the Democrats Abroad Global Disability Caucus is to provide a voice for individuals with disabilities across its global membership. In addition to participating in voter and electoral support work the team will collaborate with allies within the Democratic Party and disability rights groups to ensure that all activities and venues are accessible; advocate on proposed legislation addressing disability rights; and educate and empower Democrats Abroad members and leaders about the issues impacting individuals with disabilities.
In addition to Democrats Abroad members with disabilities, we welcome and encourage the involvement of supporters of our members and our issues. We hope to form an inclusive, diverse, active and effective community which provides fulfilling experiences for all.
**Please note that if you sign up to volunteer with us, you may be contacted directly via email by Chair, Marnie Delaney.
Anthony Nitz published The ERA From a Veteran's Perspective in ERA Stories 2021-03-17 15:30:33 -0400
Dear Member of Congress, Federal courts have ruled that the ERA cannot be included in our great nation's Constitution because the 1982 deadline has passed. This will go up to the Supreme Court. I cannot change what the Supreme Court thinks or what it may decide to do, but what I can do is talk with you. If I can convince you to join me in my support for extending or removing the deadline, the ERA may yet become ratified as the 28th Amendment. This would be a momentous victory for women in all walks of life. Veterans like me have watched the role of women in our nation's military grow ever closer to equal standing with men. In 1917, Loretta Walsh became the first woman to join the military outside of the Nurse Corps. In 1920, women finally had their own voice in elections when the 14th Amendment was ratified. In 1947, General Dwight D. Eisenhower (later President!) commissioned Colonel Florence Blanchfield into the US Army as a Lieutenant Colonel making her the first woman to ever hold permanent rank. Soon after, in 1948, Congress passed the Women's Armed Services Integration Act that made women a permanent part of the US military. In 1970, Colonel Anne May Haes became the first woman to ever hold a flag rank when she was promoted to Brigadier General. In 1976, the first women were admitted to the US Service Academies. In 1990, Commander Darlene Iskra became the first woman to command a US Naval vessel, paving the way for women to start serving on combatant ships in 1994. In 1993, Major General Jeannie Leavitt (then a Lieutenant) became the first female fighter pilot. In 2002, Command Sergeant Major of the US Army Reserve Michele S Jones became the first woman to become the enlisted head of a branch of the US military. In 2008, General Ann Dunwoody became the first woman to achieve four star rank. In 2010, the Department of the Navy authorized women to serve onboard submarines. In 2011, the first group of women checked on board. In 2015, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter lifted the ban on women serving in ground combat roles, paving the way for the first groups of women to enter into the infantry in 2016. Now, in 2021, we have an opportunity to add to this list of achievements made by American women: passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. With this, the role of women in American society cannot be made less than ever again. Thank you for your time and consideration, PO2 Anthony Michael Nitz, USN, Retired NC-5 Voter Living in Vietnam
Global Disability Caucus Steering Committee
“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” - Martin Luther King, Jr, 1967