VMF Caucus Acting Chair, DA Voting Rep for DA France

Press Attaché for DA France, also serve on DA Global Comms Team. Serve on Military, Veterans and Military Families Caucus in formation. We place wreaths on Memorial Day at American Military cemeteries in France and also visit the wounded warriors at Landstuhl Military Hospital throughout the year. I also write resolutions and planks related to the military for the Democrats Abroad platform.

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    Democrats Abroad Speaks with Amy Klobuchar

    Amy KlobucharJoin Democrats Abroad as we talk with Amy Klobuchar about her Presidential campaign and hear from her about issues important to Americans abroad. 

    When: January 22nd, at 8:30am Eastern Time

    Where: Zoom call (RSVP below for the link)
    Note: this is an online call, so you will need an internet connection in order to attend.

    Note from Democrats Abroad: We have invited every Democratic Presidential candidate to speak to our members in individual online calls. We are looking forward to discussing issues that matter to Americans abroad during these calls and hope you will join us as we get to know our candidates.  

    Campaign statement: Senator Amy Klobuchar has always been guided by the values she learned growing up in Minnesota. Her grandpa worked 1,500 feet underground in the iron ore mines of northern Minnesota. Her dad, Jim, was a newspaperman and her mom, Rose, was an elementary school teacher who taught second grade until she was 70.

    Her daughter, Abigail, was sick when she was born. Even though Abigail was in intensive care, because of insurance rules, Senator Klobuchar was discharged from the hospital after just 24 hours. She took that experience and became the leading advocate for the successful passage of one of the first laws in the country guaranteeing 48-hour hospital stays for moms and their babies.

    She served as the Hennepin County Attorney for eight years and in 2006 became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate in Minnesota’s history. In the Senate, she has worked hard to get things done, passing more than 100 bills that have made a difference in people's lives.

    Senator Klobuchar is known for taking on big interests to bring down everyday costs for families and protect consumers. She is working to deliver economic justice to Americans -- focusing on housing, childcare, retirement security and education -- as well as fighting to protect voting rights. And as part of her campaign, she has already released a plan outlining more than 100 concrete steps she will take in her first 100 days as President to take on the biggest challenges we face, including health care, shared economic prosperity, climate change and restoring America's standing in the world.

    She was the valedictorian of her Wayzata High School class. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School. She is married to John Bessler, a native of Mankato who attended Loyola High School and the University of Minnesota. They have one daughter, Abigail.

    January 22, 2020 at 8:30am
    Zoom call
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  • Leah Daughtry, former CEO of the 2016 DNC Convention talks about GOTV for the DA Veterans and Military Family Caucus


    Leah Daughtry, co-author of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics. came to Paris in July to talk to Democrats about the critical 2020 Get Out The Vote effort. She took time out to answer questions for the Global Veteran and Military Families Caucus of Democrats Abroad giving keen advice on how to move forward.

    Daughtry has worked as Chief of Staff to notable political figures, such as former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Alexis Herman, and former Chairs of the Democratic Party, Howard Dean and Terry McAuliffe. She served in 2008 and 2016 as the Chief Executive Officer of the Democratic National Convention, she is the first person in Democratic Party history to hold the position twice.

    Named one of the 12 most influential Democrats in the nation on faith and values politics by Religion News Service, Leah also works with Faith in Action, the Democratic party’s outreach program to communities of faith. Leah currently serves as pastor of the House of the Lord Church in Washington, D.C. Further, Leah served as Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics where she focused on the role of faith and values play in American politics. Leah sits on the Executive Committee of the National Council of Negro Women. An electrifying speaker full of power and charisma, she transforms corporate teams, congregations, and communities for the better. Beyond her amazing career, she’s also a loving aunt, dedicated mentor, and avid shoe lover.

  • Wounded Warriors

    Wounded Warriors Project at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center

    Democrats Abroad regularly visits patients at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, the largest US military hospital outside the US. All first- wounded military (Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and other theaters) make a stop at this hospital to be stabilized before returning to the United States.

    In keeping with a tradition begun at the Walter Reed Military Hospital in 2006 during a Democrats Abroad DPCA meeting in Washington, D.C., Democrats Abroad has been showing support and bringing comfort and cheer to wounded, ill and injured military warriors. Walter Reed was the first long-term convalescent center for amputees wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. At this meeting, DA UK donated toffees, DA Germany Kinder eggs, DA Israel dates and DA France chocolates.

    Since then, Democrats Abroad has been visiting patients at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, BAMC (Brook Army Medical Center) in San Antonio and the new Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda. This service project was initiated because of the relationship with the 10th Mountain Division Association who has a very active wounded warrior program. The 10th Mountain Liaisons (LNO) are always happy to receive visitors, gifts, chocolates and cards. The 10th Mountain Division is one of the most deployed divisions in the US Army and is known for its rapid responsiveness in Somalia as well as in Iraq and Afghanistan. During the Second World War, the 10th Mountain Divison was the unit of ski troopers in the US Army.

    Here's a quote from Michael M. Phillips's book The Gift of Valor: "If you make it to Landstuhl, you're good to go. It was an article of faith among the Marine infantrymen in Iraq that if the corpsman plugged up the hole to keep you from bleeding out...and the Air Force got you all the way to the Army hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, then you’d live...you'd survive and eventually get home."

    Continue to help us SUPPORT OUR WOUNDED WARRIORS with warm heartfelt greetings and donations. ... Besides making cards for the caregivers and the wounded, injured and ill military patients at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany to wish them either a Happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas or a Happy Valentine's and thanking them for their service, you can also send donations.

    Thanks for caring!
    For more information, contact Anna Marie Mattson,
    Steering Committee, DA Veteran and Military Families Caucus

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