Global Veterans & Military Families Caucus



  • The Veterans and Military Families Caucus is made up of DA members from around the world who are willing and able to advocate on issues important to the veterans and their families within the United States of America and those living abroad. The Caucus will accept any DA member.

    Democrats Abroad (DA) honors 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 within DA to achieve this endeavor. 

    We share and adhere to the principles and demands expressed in the platforms of both the Democratic Party and DA regarding veterans, active military and their families abroad.

    We recognize and appreciate that all of 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 DA caucuses. Discrimination has no place in the military and its ancillary organizations, nor the Veterans and Military Families Caucus.

    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;

    ACTIONS

    ∙ Provide support for visits to wounded/recovering warriors and caregivers at overseas U.S. military hospitals in conjunction with like-minded external organizations;

    ∙ Exchange information and concerns with other DA caucuses and interest groups regarding relevant issues and shared concerns to ensure that as they impact veterans and military families, they are communicated among the broader DA community for a successful joint response;

    ∙ Organize participation in Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies at U.S. landmarks abroad such as military cemeteries, battle sites, and places of historical U.S. military significance;

    ∙ Facilitate get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts for veterans and military families; also develop sensible and sensitive strategies for encouraging active service members at U.S. overseas military bases to vote;

    ∙ Establish and maintain contact with other American political organizations to find areas of joint concern regarding U.S. veterans and military dependents;

    ∙ Always strive to improve the DA Platform and organize advocacy efforts towards U.S. law and policymakers for issues pertinent to veterans, active military, and their families living abroad;

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    ORGANIZATION

    Email:  VeteransCaucus@democratsabroad.org 

     

    DA Global Veterans & Military Families Caucus Leadership:

    Bob Gould
    | Co-Chair, Global Veteran and Military Families Caucus; Chair, Book and Current Event Club
    Erin Watson
    | Chairperson, DAROK, Co-Chair Global Veterans and Military Families Caucus
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    News

    Biden-Harris Events for Veterans and Military Families

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

    Friends,

    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
    Connect on Facebook for Veterans and Military Families for Biden and on Twitter
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    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)
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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 06:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

    Georgia Abroad Voter Assistance: November 28th

    Did you know every eligible American living abroad can vote in U.S. elections? 

    Was the last place you or your parent lived in the US the state of Georgia?

    If you are 18 on or before January 5th you are allowed to vote in the runoff election. 

    Do you have questions about how to vote? Click the chat bubble at the bottom of this screen and we can help you find the answers. 

    But we get it. Sometimes you just want to speak to live person. 

    Join us any Tuesday (noon-4pm), Thursday (6am-4pm), Saturday (6am-noon), & Sunday (12am-noon) 'till GA Senate Runoff election (all times are listed in U.S. Eastern timezone) to talk to a volunteer LIVE on Zoom about questions you have about voting from abroad.

    How is it done on Zoom? You'll come into the main room and be paired 1:1 with a volunteer into a breakout room to ensure privacy and that you can get all your questions answered. It couldn't be easier. 

    More information: The easiest way to request your ballot is at VoteFromAbroad.org. It takes just a few minutes to complete and send in your form to the US state where you last lived. The website will guide you step by step. In most cases it’s pretty simple. But if you’re new to voting abroad, or if you haven’t done it in a while, you may have additional questions. That’s why we’ll be here every Sunday until election day to help.

    If you can’t make the 'office hours', you can always email us at helpdesk@votefromabroad.org or send in your question through our online help bubble, and a volunteer will get back to you.

    Here is a handy website to convert the time zone to yours wherever you are in the world.

    RSVP and get connection details and reminders.

    Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 12:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

    Georgia Abroad Voter Assistance: November 29th

    Did you know every eligible American living abroad can vote in U.S. elections? 

    Was the last place you or your parent lived in the US the state of Georgia?

    If you are 18 on or before January 5th you are allowed to vote in the runoff election. 

    Do you have questions about how to vote? Click the chat bubble at the bottom of this screen and we can help you find the answers. 

    But we get it. Sometimes you just want to speak to live person. 

    Join us any Tuesday (noon-4pm), Thursday (6am-4pm), Saturday (6am-noon), & Sunday (12am-noon) 'till GA Senate Runoff election (all times are listed in U.S. Eastern timezone) to talk to a volunteer LIVE on Zoom about questions you have about voting from abroad.

    How is it done on Zoom? You'll come into the main room and be paired 1:1 with a volunteer into a breakout room to ensure privacy and that you can get all your questions answered. It couldn't be easier. 

    More information: The easiest way to request your ballot is at VoteFromAbroad.org. It takes just a few minutes to complete and send in your form to the US state where you last lived. The website will guide you step by step. In most cases it’s pretty simple. But if you’re new to voting abroad, or if you haven’t done it in a while, you may have additional questions. That’s why we’ll be here every Sunday until election day to help.

    If you can’t make the 'office hours', you can always email us at helpdesk@votefromabroad.org or send in your question through our online help bubble, and a volunteer will get back to you.

    Here is a handy website to convert the time zone to yours wherever you are in the world.

    RSVP and get connection details and reminders.

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