VoteVets.org continues to focus on matters including, but not limited to, foreign policy, energy security, veterans’ unemployment, and opening military service to life-long Americans born to undocumented immigrants, as well as continued investment in care for veterans. More often than not, Veterans have a stake in the top issues of the day, and VoteVets.org is committed to getting their voices heard on these issues. For that reason, VoteVets.org has, and will continue to, work with all progressive allies representing labor, immigration, gay and lesbian rights, and environmentalists, when their issues coincide with the needs of troops and veterans.
In the field, VoteVets Action Fund has:
Over 400,000 supporters in all 50 states, including troops, veterans, military families, and their supporters
State Captains organizing in all 50 states.
Over 5 million voter contacts since 2006, spending over $2 million in direct mail, phone calls, and voter canvasses
Over $30 million raised and spent since inception
On the air, VoteVets Action Fund has:
- Run over 51 TV commercials and radio spots in 32 states advocating the support of our friends.
- Aired over $22 million in television and radio ads, advocating re-election for allies and urging defeat of those who do not support troops and veterans.
In the media, VoteVets Action Fund has:
- Done over 560 interviews, news stories, and on air media appearances
- Dropped over 300 Letters to the Editors and Opinion Editorials throughout the 50 states from local veterans
Board of Advisors
Douglas J. Band
Douglas J. Band currently serves as the Counselor to President Clinton. He began working in the White House in 1995 and has been with President Clintonfor nearly 13 years. He has served as Counselor to President Clinton since 2002, advising and counseling him, accompanying him on his travels across America and around the world, managing his daily life, serving as a key architect of Clinton's post-Presidency and overseeing both the William J. Clinton Foundation and office.Prior to his role as Counselor to President Clinton, Doug served in theWhite House Counsels office for four years, becoming a Special Assistant to the President before he was made the youngest Deputy Assistant ever to serve a President. Doug concluded his last year in the White House in the Oval Office as the President's Aide. Doug is a graduate of the University of Florida with a major in English anda minor in Ethics, Georgetown Graduate School with a Masters in Liberal Arts, and Georgetown Law School. Doug and his wife Lily live in New York City.
Richard Beattie is Chairman of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Beattie is also Chairman of the Board and founder of New Visions for Public Schools, a not-for-profit organization that develops and implements programs to affect system-wide improvements in public education in New York City. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Women's Law Center, as well as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Vice Chairman of the Boards of Overseers and Managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Chairman of the Board of Managers of Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases. Beattie also has many years of experience in government service having worked in the Carter Administration as General Counsel of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and as a Special Advisor and Emissary for Cypress during the Clinton Administration.
Beattie joined Simpson Thacher in 1968 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Prior to law school, he served four years in the Marine Corps as a jet pilot, after graduating from Dartmouth College in 1961.
Bill Belding earned two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts during his five-year tenure with the U.S. Navy. He completed three tours of Vietnam as a Navy SEAL from 1967 to 1972. Throughout his career, his dedication to veterans' issues has been evident. An experienced attorney, he has also worked pro bono for various veterans' organizations.
Before his appointment as President of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF) in October 2004, Belding served as Chief of Staff at Common Cause, a non-partisan, non-profit advocacy organization working to hold government accountable to its constituents. In addition, as President and Chairman of Veterans Park in Los Angeles from 1996 to 2000, he raised over $10 million from the private sector and initiated cooperative agreement with the federal Veterans Administration for this non-profit.
Belding earned his law degree from University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. He earned a B.A. in Economics in 1967 from Ezra Stiles College, Yale University.
General Wesley K. Clark (Ret.)
General Clark was born in Illinois and moved Little Rock, Arkansas with his mother after his father died. He graduated as valedictorian of his high school; was first in his class at West Point ('66); and attended Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. As a company commander in Vietnam he was shot four times and was awarded the Silver Star. He was promoted through the ranks to serve as the Commanding General for the U.S. Southern Command, then as Director for Strategic Plans for the Joint Chief of Staff. Finally, he was promoted to be the NATO Supreme Allied Commander where he led air strikes to end the genocide in the Balkans without losing a single soldier in combat. In addition to his Silver Star, General Clark earned the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Service Medal, and our nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Wes Clark wrote two books, Waging Modern Wars and Winning Modern Wars. He has been a commentator for CNN and Fox News Channel and in 2004 he sought the Democratic nomination for President in 2004, winning the Oklahoma primary.
MG Paul D. Eaton (Ret.)
Major General Paul D. Eaton (Ret.) recently retired from the US Army after more than 33 years service. His assignments include Infantry command from the company to brigade levels, command of the Infantry Center at Fort Benning and Chief of Infantry. His most recent operational assignment was Commanding General of the command charged with reestablishing Iraqi Security Forces 2003-2004, where he built the command and established the structure and infrastructure for the Iraqi Armed Forces.
Other operational assignments include Somalia, Bosnia and Albania. Additional assignments include the Joint Staff, Deputy Commanding General for Transformation and Stryker Unit Development and Assistant Professor and head of the French Department at West Point. He is a 1972 graduate of West Point, son of a West Point Air Force fighter pilot, long an MIA from the Vietnam War; remains recently identified for burial at Arlington National Cemetery. He is married to PJ Eaton, an Army veteran and daughter of a Naval Academy graduate career Marine. He is father to a daughter and two sons, both Soldiers, one a Military Intelligence Specialist, one an Infantry Captain.
Will Fischer is the Executive Director of the Union Veterans Council, AFL-CIO. He’s a Marine and served for six years with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines, including a tour of duty in 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq. A product of a union household and a member of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), Will is a committed trade unionists and has spent more than a decade working on political and legislative campaigns.
In addition to his professional life, Will has served his community as a 9th grade English teacher in post-Katrina New Orleans and as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer with the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Center for Economic Development.
He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and family.
In January 2007, Flom was appointed Chairman and CEO of EMI’s Capitol Music Group, where he oversaw the careers of such artists as Coldplay, Lenny Kravitz, Corinne Bailey Rae, KT Tunstall, and Joss Stone. Flom is equally known for contributing his time and energy to various charitable organizations, including serving on the board of the Drug Policy Alliance (a division of George Soros’ Open Society Institute), the Innocence Project, Families Against Mandatory Minimums (F.A.M.M.), and the Legal Action Center, whose work is at the forefront of the fight to end discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS and/or histories of addiction. He has also served on the board of Manhattan’s New School.
In addition, Flom has been active in raising awareness and funds for various medical research organizations including The T.J. Martell Foundation, which honored him with its Humanitarian Award in 2005, and City of Hope, which presented Flom with the Ambassador Award in May 2008 at an event that raised more than $400,000 for cancer research. Flom was also named the UJA Federation’s first “Music Visionary of the Year” and was awarded the “Torch of Liberty” by the American Civil Liberties Union. Flom’s passion for social justice and commitment to philanthropy are not surprising given his upbringing. Born and raised in New York City, he is the son of legendary lawyer Joseph Flom, a co-founder of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and the late Claire Flom, a noted philanthropist in her own right and the founder of New York’s Gateway School. In 1990, Flom’s parents created the Joseph and Claire Flom Foundation, whose mission was to promote racial understanding and tolerance and to help gifted disadvantaged youth. Today Jason Flom uses his considerable influence among his peers in the music industry to honor his mother, who died in November 2007 after a long battle with cancer.
Leslie H. Gelb
Leslie H. Gelb is President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, and a former columnist for The New York Times. He has written four books on foreign policy, including The Irony of Vietnam, which won the Woodrow Wilson Award for Best Book on Foreign Relations. Mr. Gelb served as the Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs under President Jimmy Carter, where he was awarded the Distinguished Honor Award (the State Department's highest honor). Mr. Gelb also served as Executive Assistant to U.S. Senator Jacob Javits. In the U.S. Defense Department, he served as Director of Policy Planning and Arms Control, International Security Affairs, where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award (the Pentagon's highest honor). Mr. Gelb was also awarded the Front Page Award in 1985, and the Central Intelligence Agency's Director's Award in 2004. Mr. Gelb graduated from Tufts University in 1959, and received his Master's Degree from Harvard University in 1961, and Ph.D. in 1964.
Paul Hackett volunteered to serve in Iraq as a Major with the 4th Civil Affairs Group, 1st Marine Division. Hackett was assigned to Ramadi and took part in the Fallujah campaign and subsequent reconstruction efforts. Having completed his tour of duty in Iraq , he returned to Ohio in early 2005. Shortly after his homecoming, Hackett declared his candidacy for Congress in the overwhelmingly Republican Second District of southwestern Ohio, a seat vacated just days before Paul's return from Iraq.
Written off as a long shot by the media, Hackett's campaign was fueled by the power of the Internet and grassroots activists. On Election Day, Hackett stunned the political universe, winning more than 48 percent of the vote in a District where George Bush received nearly two-thirds of the vote just ten months earlier. No Second District Democrat had done so well in more than 30 years. Hackett recently left electoral politics as a candidate after leaving the Democratic primary race to challenge incumbent Ohio Republican, Senator Mike DeWine.
As an undergraduate at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Hackett volunteered for the Marine Corps reserves. His father had served in the armed forces and taught Hackett that, if able, military service was his patriotic duty. After graduation Hackett attended Cleveland State University's Marshall College of Law and upon receiving his degree went on to fulfill his commitment to the Marine Corps serving on active duty in destinations such as Quantico, Virginia; Okinawa, Japan; and the Philippines to name just a few. It was during this time that he married his college sweetheart, Suzi.
Elaine Kamarck has a son who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and is a Lecturer in Public Policy who came to Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 1997 after a career in politics and government. She served in the White House from 1993 to 1997, where she created and managed the Clinton Administration's National Performance Review, also known as reinventing government.
At the Kennedy School she served as Director of Visions of Governance for the Twenty-First Century and as Faculty Advisor to the Innovations in American Government Awards Program.
She conducts research on 21st century government, the role of the Internet in political campaigns, homeland defense, intelligence reorganization, and governmental reform and innovation. Kamarck received her PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Lawrence J. Korb
Lawrence J. Korb is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and a Senior Adviser to the Center for Defense Information. He was a Vice President, Senior Fellow and Director of National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, he served as Director of the Center for Public Policy Education and Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, Dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, and Vice President of Corporate Operations at the Raytheon Company.
Dr. Korb served as Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower, Reserve Affairs, Installations and Logistics) from 1981 through 1985. For his service in that position, he was awarded the Department of Defense’s medal for Distinguished Public Service. Mr. Korb served on active duty for four years as Naval Flight Officer, and retired from the Naval Reserve with the rank of Captain.
Dr. Korb has 20 books and more than 100 articles on national security issues to his name.
William E. Little
William E. Little, Jr. was born in Manhattan in 1941, and spent his childhood years on Long Island. After graduating from Princeton University in 1963, he attended the U.S. Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, and was commissioned an ensign in June of 1964.
Will spent his first tour of duty at the U.S. Navy Communication Unit in Argentia, Newfoundland, and his second at the U.S. Navy Communication Station in Yokosuka, Japan, leaving active duty in March 1968, and settling in New York City.
Will joined his family's business, George Little Management, a major producer of trade shows. After managing several trade shows over the years, and heading the Company from 1984 until 1998, he went into "semi-retirement." He is currently the Chairman of the Lakeville Journal Company, Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Trustee-Emeritus of Bates College, Trustee of the Nantucket Historical Association, Director of WAMC Northeast Public Radio, and Director of Senate Majority PAC.
Will and his wife, Helen, have two grown children, Thea and Chris. His great interest in politics has led to involvements such as being a trustee of the New York State Democratic Party, and a majority trust member of the (federal) Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Connie Pillich is a legislator, attorney, MBA, veteran, and mom.
Connie put herself through college with an Air Force ROTC scholarship, student loans, and part-time work. She spent eight years on active duty and served in support of Operation Desert Storm. She achieved the rank of Captain and is a three-time recipient of the Air Force Commendation Medal. After serving in the Air Force and earning her MBA, Connie worked as a public defender. She later opened her own law practice before running for public office.
In 2008, Connie was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives, winning a seat that had long been held by the opposing party. Representative Pillich held the seat for three terms before opting to leave the legislature.
As a legislator, Representative Pillich supported the Ohio military community by introducing bipartisan legislation to connect veterans with their benefits, help military families meet the financial challenges of deployments and transfers, and get veterans and their families back to work. Representative Pillich served as ranking member of the Veterans Affairs committee, convened the Veterans Caucus to highlight issues facing Ohio’s military community, and introduced the Ohio Veterans Bonus for veterans of Operations Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom.
Connie currently lives in suburban Cincinnati with her husband, Paul Forshey, and their two children, Kayla and Tallin.
Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson (Ret.)
Lawrence Wilkerson is the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William Mary in Williamsburg, VA.
He also taught for six years in the University Honors Program at the George Washington University in Washington, DC (2006-2011). His last positions in government were as Secretary of State Colin Powell's Chief of Staff (2002-05), Associate Director of the State Department's Policy Planning staff under the directorship of Ambassador Richard N. Haass, and member of that staff responsible for East Asia and the Pacific, political-military and legislative affairs (2001-02). Before serving at the State Department, Wilkerson worked as a private consultant to General Powell (1997-2000).
Before that, he served 31 years in the U.S. Army, including as Deputy Executive Officer to then-General Colin Powell when he commanded the U.S. Army Forces Command (1989), Special Assistant to General Powell when he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-93), and as Director and Deputy Director of the U.S. Marine Corps War College at Quantico, Virginia (1993-97). During the course of his military service, Wilkerson was awarded the DOD Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Bronze Star among other awards and decorations.
At the Department of State, he earned the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award, as well as two Superior Honor Awards. Since leaving the State Department, Wilkerson has spoken to groups all over America—World Affairs Councils, university and war college audiences, and members of local and state governments and the U.S. Congress and their staffs.
In addition, he has been published in The American Conservative, Playboy Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun, the Miami Herald, the New York Daily News, and other magazines and newspapers across the country, as well as appeared on television with Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, Chris Hayes, Ed Shultz, Lawrence O’Donnell, Rachel Maddow, Wolf Blitzer, Chris Cuomo, and Alisyn Camerota, the BBC's Hardtalk and Newsnight, and others. He has appeared in several recent documentaries also, including Alex Gibney's "Taxi to the Dark Side", Charles Ferguson's "No End in Sight”, Rachel Maddow’s “Hubris: Selling the Iraq War”, and the Danish filmmaker, Boris Bertram’s, “The War Campaign”. He was also chairman of the U.S.-Cuba 21st Century Policy Initiative at the New America Foundation from 2006-2010.
Lawrence and his wife, Barbara, live in Falls Church, Virginia. Their son, Alex, was a USAF officer/navigator in C-130s for ten years and now serves fulltime in the Tennessee Air National Guard as a REAPER drone pilot/officer, making his home in Nashville. Their daughter, Suellen, a former Army officer and member of the US Secret Service, now helps her husband manage a small farm in Mt. Airy, Maryland. Lawrence and Barbara have four grandchildren, Lance (16), Mary-Kaitlyn (14), Alexandra (15), and Mathew (8).
Steven Wozencraft, the CEO of John O’Donnell Associates, LLC of New York City and Laguna Beach, has spent the last 25 years of his professional career working with NGO’s and Non-Profits. He was President of The John O’Donnell Company, a 45 year-old firm in New York, which specialized in financial development for non-profit organizations. He has been a driving force in the world of financial development for non-profits and NGO's for more than 25 years.
He has sat on the Boards of various organizations, regional and global, and as President of the John O’Donnell Company he has overseen the growth and development of numerous organizations and helped them raise collectively over a billion dollars. Some of the organizations he has worked with around the globe include The Boys Club of New York, Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens, The William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Foundation, the African Medical Society, Jewish Board of Family and Children Services, Hellen Keller International, Israeli Guide Dogs, The Empire State Pride Agenda, Kids Peace, The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation among many others.
He currently consults with private foundations and select non-profits on many different levels to help these organizations accomplish their missions by using his ties to individuals and corporations around the globe.
Vice Chairmen & Senior Advisors
Senior Advisors are VoteVets.org’s front-line leaders. They are integral to the organization in the fact that they are not only active volunteers, but they’ve also been trained by VoteVets.org in the art American politics. Whether it’s political strategy, media strategy, or lobbying, these Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have successfully transitioned from military leadership to political leadership.
When it comes to finding those who can translate wartime experience into civilian leadership, these are America’s best and brightest. If you are a member of the media and would like to speak with any of them, please contact email@example.com.
*To become a Senior Advisor, VoteVets.org members must:
- be a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) or Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
- be an active member of his or her State Team
- successfully complete a VoteVets.org political orientation event in Washington, D.C. (in lieu of attending one of these sessions, any active member holding the rank of E-8/O-4 may be invited)
- provide VoteVets.org with a copy of his or her DD-214