About Us

Vet Voice Foundation mobilizes veterans to become leaders in our nation's democracy through participation in the civic process. VVF offers veterans the opportunity to continue serving their communities by finding a new mission in domestic and foreign policy campaigns that are important to America. 

Vet Voice Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, for charitable and educational purposes.

Building a Movement

Despite popular media depictions, veterans do not exist in a "bubble." From rural communities and big cities, from those who were "grunts" to officers, veterans have become part of the fabric of daily American life.  For that reason, Vet Voice Foundation will ensure that veterans' voices have no boundaries either. 

To do this, Vet Voice Foundation is building a national network of 21st century veterans.  Using a combination of new technologies and social media tools - as well as traditional organizing methods - VVF is identifying, educating and mobilizing a new generation of veterans. 

Over the past decade, technology and public policy advances have been fast and fierce.  Just as email lists supplanted direct mail to a good degree, new communications tools are becoming just as important as a good email or phone list.  With these technologies developing more every day, it is crucial that VVF's effort stay right at the crest, and it will.  By aggressively employing these new tools, such as Facebook and Twitter, VVF organizers can easily reach large numbers of 21st century veterans. 

In addition to new technologies, VVF relies on traditional methods of organizing.  VVF's organizers - themselves 21st century veterans - are continually expanding outreach efforts across the country, through face-to-face meetings, phone contact, visits to colleges and universities, etc. 

The combination of these strategies allows VVF to connect with 21st century veterans, uniting and empowering their voices on vital issues for years to come. 

Organizing and Mobilizing America's Veterans

The Vet Voice Foundation continues its commitment to organizing veterans and their families. Of particular interest to the Foundation is outreach to the African-American and Latino communities. The foundation will continue to make every effort to ensure that our membership base is diverse and representative of the veterans community.

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Our Mission

Founded in 2009, the mission of Vet Voice Foundation is to mobilize veterans to become leaders in our nation's democracy through participation in the civic and democratic process. VVF seeks to harness the energy and drive of the dedicated men and women who have fought for their country, and put it to work at home and in their communities on the important issues they face, such as health care, jobs, the environment, and housing.


The face of the military and the American veteran is changing. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have shown a new kind of warfare, with special needs facing the modern Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, Guardsman, and Reservist. Additionally, a flood of 21st century troops are coming home to face the same struggles all Americans are facing today - from the tough economy, to health insurance issues, to job loss.

VFF helps these veterans to:

For example, VVF is currently involved with targeted, grant-funded campaigns across the country to promote clean energy and to engage veterans and their families concerned with the national security implications of this issue. The Foundation also mobilizes the veterans' community on the importance of public lands and conservation in a project titled The Land We Love campaign. Veterans meet their leaders on the local, state and federal level as well as write opinion editorials and letters to the editor in local media outlets.

VVF hopes to increase its capacity to organize veterans throughout the Midwest on a wide range of social issues. Through our Coming Home Program, we are hopeful to start mobilizing veterans around social issues that affect their communities.  Food banks, blood drives, homelessness, poverty - these issues in this tough economic climate call for new leaders.  We are hoping to build a pilot project to mentor veterans to become participants - standing alongside our friends in labor, environmental community, LGBT community, and all progressives - to help build a larger progressive infrastructure in this country, not just for political purposes but for larger social problems as well.

Recently, VVF started a new program to provide new members of Congress with a briefing on these issues. The New Member and Senator Education project will be a cornerstone of our work in the years to come on issues affecting our community. VVF will frequently visit and develop relationships with these members to ensure that our message and the voices of veterans are heard.

Finally, VVF is launching a Fellowship Program, to give veterans with an interest in military and veterans policy - but no experience - a chance to make a career in the field.  VVF will bring select veterans, with little to no experience in policy, to Washington, and place them in Capitol Hill offices as fellows.  Fellows will gain the experience and contacts needed to help groom America's top policy minds.  The goal of the fellowship program is to help reverse the trend of fewer and fewer veterans' being a part of the policymaking process.  If you are interested in becoming a fellow, click here to view requirements and the application process.

Vet Voice Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, for charitable and educational purposes.

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Our Staff

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Board of Directors

 

  • Jon Soltz, Chairman
  • Major General (Ret.) Paul Eaton, Managing Director
  • J. Ashwin Madia, Secretary 
  • Lindsay Patross, Treasurer

Board of Advisors

The Vet Voice Foundation's Board of Advisors serves only to advise the VVF's Board of Directors and is not a legal entity; it has no authority over the operation of the VVF. 

  • Douglas J. Band 
    Former counselor to President Clinton and head of Teneo Holdings
  • Richard Beattie
    Chairman, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP; U.S. Marine Corps veteran
  • Bill Belding
    President, Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, U.S. Navy veteran
  • Gen. Wesley K. Clark (ret.)
    Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander
  • Maj. Gen. Paul D. Eaton (ret.)
    Former Commanding General, reestablishment of the Iraqi Security Forces
  • Jason Flom
    Former Chairman & CEO, Capitol Music Group, Philanthropist
  • Dr. Gail Furman
    Child psychologist and philanthropist
  • Leslie H. Gelb
    President Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Paul Hackett
    Attorney, U.S. Marine veteran
  • Peter Kauffmann 
    Peter Kauffmann is the founder and principal of Kauffmann Public Affairs, U.S. Navy veteran
  • Lawrence J. Korb
    Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, U.S. Navy veteran
  • William E. Little
    Chairman, George Little Management, U.S. Navy veteran
  • Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson
    Former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell
  • Steven Wozencraft
    CEO, John O'Donnell Associates, LLC
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