Co-Chair, Global Veteran and Military Families Caucus; Chair, Political Book Club leader

  • Biden-Harris Events for Veterans and Military Families

    Letter from Leo Cruz, Biden Campaign Veterans and Military Families Engagement Director


    6 days to take our democracy back.

    Yesterday, Vice President Biden visited Warm Springs, Georgia and delivered remarks focused on unity and healing with one week left before the general election. He later spoke at a second rally in Atlanta, where he urged Georgians to vote for Democrats up and down the ticket. You can watch his full remarks in Warm Springs and Atlanta.

    Today, Joe Biden will receive a briefing from public health experts. After, Vice President Biden will deliver remarks on his plans to beat COVID-19, lower health care costs, and protect Americans with pre-existing conditions. You can watchHERE.

    Also today, Kamala Harris will travel to Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona to urge Arizonans to make a plan to vote early. In the morning, Senator Harris will meet with a group of Latina business owners in Tucson. After, Senator Harris will participate in an early vote mobilization event. In the afternoon, Senator Harris will travel to Phoenix to meet with a group of Black leaders. Later, Senator Harris will participate in an early vote mobilization event with Grammy Award-winning singer and philanthropist Alicia Keys.

    Yesterday, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris released a statement on the shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. In his statement Joe Biden stated that “Walter Wallace’s life, like too many others’, was a Black life that mattered — to his mother, to his family, to his community, to all of us.”

    Get Involved -- Upcoming Biden Veterans and Military Families Events

    Wednesday, October 28, 6:00 PM ET: NH Veterans & Military Families Caucus Get Out The Vote: Join the New Hampshire Veterans and Military Families Caucus for a virtual Get Out The Vote Rally! Featured Guest Speakers: The Hon. Ray Mabus, the 75th U.S. Secretary of the Navy, and former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia; the Hon. Patrick J. Murphy, the first Iraq War veteran elected to Congress and former U.S. Undersecretary of the Army; The Hon. Maura Sullivan, former Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and a Marine Corps Veteran; Tam Siekmann, Chair of the Londonderry Democrats, Blue Star Family Member & Marine Corps Spouse.

    Wednesday, October 28, 6:30 PM ET:  Michigan GOTV Roundtable on Civil Rights and Military Communities: Join us for a virtual discussion with General Lloyd Newton, USAF, Ret., Professor Gertrude Croom, Dr. Turnera Croom, and Damien Butler, USA and USAF, 2004 - 2018, and Ms. Tracy Pakulniewicz, former Director of Policy Integration, Department of Defense, focusing on the importance of electing Joe Biden for servicemembers and military families of color.

    Wednesday, October 28, 6:00 PM CT: GOTV in The Quad Cities and Southeast Iowa with Admiral Michael Franken (Ret.): We’re so excited you’re interested in making calls to elect Joe Biden for President, Theresa Greenfield for Senate and Democrats up and down the ballot in Iowa this November. 🇺🇸 From the comfort of your home, you can help us Get Out the Vote to help elect Democrats all while staying socially distant.

    Wednesday, October 28, 8:00 PM ET: Midwest Conservative Veterans for Biden Roundtable: Join former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Dr. Joseph Collins; Air Force veteran; Pennsylvania-residents and Ohio-natives RADM Janice Hamby (USN, Ret.) and her husband and U.S. Army veteran Dale Hamby; Illinois-native BG Steven Anderson (USA, Ret.); and Pennsylvania-native and Ohio-resident MG Dennis Laich, (USAR, Ret.) for a Midwest Conservative Veterans for Biden Roundtable moderated by former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force and Illinois-native Robert Goodwin on Wednesday, October 28th at 8:00PM ET.

    Wednesday, October 28th, 8:00 pm ET GOTV with Oprah: Oprah Winfrey is hosting an event with voters from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, and across the country.

    Thursday, October 29, 7:00 PM ET: Michigan National Security GOTV Roundtable: Join us for a virtual discussion with General Lloyd Newton, USAF, Ret., The Honorable Duane Woerth, Brigadier General Don Schenk, USA, Ret., Brigadier General Mark Montjar, USA, Ret., and Ms. Tracy Pakulniewicz, former Director of Policy Integration, Department of Defense,  via Zoom focusing on the national security imperative to elect Joe Biden. 

    Connect With Your Fellow Americans

    During this time of social distancing, the most impactful thing you can do is reach out to your fellow Americans and ensure they have a plan to vote as soon as possible. Please join a weekly phone bank in critical states across the nation:



    Again, here’s what you can do to help us restore the soul of America:


    Thank you,
    Leo Cruz
    Veterans and Military Families Engagement Director
    Sign up to take action here and text "VMF" to 30330
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  • published Congressional candidates who we have endorsed: in News 2020-10-23 09:31:23 -0400

    Congressional candidates who we have endorsed:

    State and District # Endorsed Candidate
    AL-1  James Averhart (Marine)
    AL-4  Rick Neighbors (Army)
    AR-4  William Hanson (Army)
    AZ-7 Ruben Gallego   (Marine)                                      
    CA Gil Cisneros                                       
    CA-5 Mike Thompson (Army)    
    CA-20 Jimmy Panetta (Navy Reserves)                                      
    CA-23 Kim Mangone (Air Force)
    CA-24 Salud Caebajal (Marine)                                      
    CA-33 Ted W. Lieu (Air Force; JAG)                                           
    CA Mark Takano, Chairman Veterans Affairs
    CO Jason Crow, veteran                                  
    CO-4 Isaac McCorkle (Marine)
    FL-1  Phil Ehr (Navy)
    FL-8  Jim Kennedy (Navy)
    FL-12  Kimberly Walker (Army)
    FL-18  Pam Keith (Navy)
    GA-1 Joyce Marie Griggs (Army)
    GA-2 Sanford Bishop Jr. (Army)
    GA-3 Val Almonord (Army)
    GA-9 Devin Pandy (Army)
    HI Tulsi Gabbard  (National Guard)                          
    HI-2 Kaiali'i Kahele (Air National Guard)
    ID-1 Rudy Soto (Army)
    IL-1 Bobby L. Rush  (Army)
    IL Gregorio K.C. Sablan                                  
    IN-3 Chip Coldiron  (Army)
    KY-1 James Rhodes  (Army)
    KY-6 Josh Hicks (Marine)
    MA-4 Jake Auchincloss (Marine)
    MA-6 Seth Moulton (Marine)
    MD-1  Mia Mason (Army)
    MD-4 Anthony Brown (Army reserve, Colonel)                        
    ME Jared Golden (Marine)                           
    MN-1 Dan Feehan (Army)
    MN-7 Collin Peterson  (Army)                              
    NC-1  G. K. Butterfield (Army)
    NC-11  Morris Davis (Air Force) (JAG)
    NC-13  Scott Huffman (Navy)
    NJ-9 Bill Pascrell Jr. (Army)
    NJ Mikie Sherrill (Navy)  
    NY-2  Jackie Gordon (Air Reserves)
    NY-11  Max Rose (Army)
    NY José E. Serrano  
    OH-14  Hillary O'Connor Mueri (Navy)
    OK-2  Danyell Lanier (Navy)
    OR Peter DeFazio              
    PA-7 Chrissy Houlahan (Air Force) 
    PA-14 Bill Marx (Marine)
    PA-17 Conor Lamb (Marine)
    SC-7  Melissa Watson (Army)
    TN-1  Blair Walsingham (Air Force)
    TX-19  Tom Watson (Army)
    TX-23  Gina Ortiz Jones (Air Force)
    VA-2 Elaine Luria (Navy)                                               
    VA-3 Robert Scott  (Army Reserves)                               
    WI-5 Tom Palzewicz (Navy)

  • Remembering the prisoners of wars and the missing in action: a representative wreath laid at the Suresnes American Military Cemetery in France

    To commemorate National POW/MIA Recognition Day, September 18, four representatives of the DAF Veterans and Military Families Caucus laid a wreath on the alter in the chapel  at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial at Mont Valerien, near Paris. It is a most captivating chapel, where the names of the 974 Missing in Action, men buried or lost at sea during WWI, are shown on four plaques.  
    Anna Marie Mattson, (Interim Chair of the DAF Veterans and Military Families Caucus), Beth Herwood, Tilly Gaillard and Claire Baker were escorted on an instructive, moving guided tour of the cemetery by Sandrine Debote, Assistant Director, Guide and Associate of the cemetery. 
    World War I soldiers, seamen, and members of the Air Force, all comrades in arms from across the United States lie at rest in this cemetery where tombs are marked with Latin crosses (1542) and Stars of David (22). The tombstones show the name, home state, branch of the military, date of death. The cemetery is beautifully tended to respect the right to peace and tranquility of the fallen. There are 24 unknown soldiers from WWII; correction 23 ‘unknown’ since now 1 ‘known’ soldier thanks to a recent DNA test. The family had the choice to either bring their loved one home or leave him with the other soldiers. Their decision was to leave him in France.
    The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) was established by Congress in 1921 to honor the U.S. Armed Forces who fought abroad so that “Time will not dim the glory of their deeds” (General John Pershing). The cemeteries are open to the public. The land is made available to the United States in perpetuity but remains the property of the Republic of France. 
    Check out the pictures here.
    Tilly Gaillard 

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