For two and a half years, I had the privilege of serving our active military and veterans as a constituent services representative in the United States Senate under Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey. I gained a unique perspective into the sacrifices our active military make to keep Americans safe, and I learned about the life veterans enter after completing their service. None of it is easy.
Access to jobs, healthcare, housing, and spousal support are a few of the issues our military and veterans are dealing with on a daily basis. I highly recommend supporting them when you can. A few resources include the Wounded Warrior Project, VeteranCrisisLine.net, NJVet2Vet, GI Go Fund, or the Chamber of Commerce Veteran eMentor program (of which I volunteered with for two years following my time in the Senate). Monetary donations and your time are valuable and can help support our men and women in uniform. Please note the aforementioned are programs that I’m personally familiar with–there are many others around the country, so do your research and find one that is meaningful to you to support!
Both of my grandfathers served in World War II. One was in the 1st Marine Division and served at Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, and Peleliu. He was also a translator for Admiral Halsey after the war throughout South America. My other grandfather was a member of the Signal Corps in the Army, intercepting and decoding German messages, and he was part of the liberation of Dachau. My former mentor and boss, Senator Lautenberg was also a member of the Signal Corps, and one of the finest human beings I’ve had the privilege of knowing.
It is in their memory, their honor, that the support and care of our military and veterans is such a priority to me. These days you can find me volunteering with the National Park Service at the World War II Memorial in Washington DC. I give talks and tours of our national monuments, telling visitors of the Greatest Generation, as well as those who came before, and those who have come since.