Democrats Abroad forms the Veterans and Military Families (VMF) Caucus

Democrats Abroad is establishing a new caucus, the global Veterans and Military Families (VMF) Caucus. This caucus will work within Democrats Abroad to honor the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces; their service deserves our deepest gratitude and respect. Government policies must reflect the interests of those who are serving and those who have served, including their families. This caucus will work to achieve this goal.

All the various groups, ethnicities, persuasions, identities, and beliefs that make up American society are present in our military; we share issues and concerns in common with the other caucuses of Democrats Abroad. We share the principles and demands expressed in the platforms of both the Democratic Party and Democrats Abroad regarding veterans, active military and their families abroad.

Our goals—

- Reach out to veterans, active duty and reserve military members as well as their dependents living abroad to encourage them to register to vote and to engage them in advocacy for our policy positions.

- Provide a forum for DA members to understand better the issues and concerns affecting our military forces, veterans, and their families outside of the United States.

- Provide a voice for veterans and military families to the Democratic Party Committee Aboard and the Democratic National Committee.

In addition to our stated goals, we also strive to act as a conduit to service members, veterans, and their families overseas by sharing information regarding benefits (e.g. VA and Tri-Care) and participate in commemorative services.

To join us go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1l3OC9RA0OB_krEJvSF6emxJYGzDNZIeG1ZtcW65j5vI/edit.

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