Vets Endorse Goetten In Congressional Bid

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Springfield, Ill. - PAC, the largest progressive group of veterans in America, is today endorsing Matt Goetten in his run for Congress from Illinois.

"Matt is just the kind of person we need in Washington.  He served, and he knows veterans issues well.  He also has the experience needed to make a real difference.  He's a true public servant, and will absolutely serve the people of his district well," said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran, and Chairman of PAC.

Afghanistan veteran Matt Goetten is running for Congress in the 13th district of Illinois which includes the Metro-East, Springfield, Decatur, Urbana-Champaign, and Bloomington.

Goetten pulled himself up the old fashioned way.  To earn money for college, he loaded trucks at night, graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor's Degree in psychology. He earned his Master's Degree in labor relations while raising a young family and working as a teaching assistant, and librarian. 

In 1999, while studying for his law degree at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Goetten answered the call to serve his country, enlisting in the Illinois Army National Guard.   In 2009, he was deployed to Afghanistan, where his duties included working in remote operating bases throughout the country. 

But his service didn't end there.  In 2004, Goetten was elected Greene County State's Attorney.  Working with local law enforcement, Goetten helped create a county drug task force that concentrated on fighting meth - drastically reducing the number of cases and aggressively cracking down on those who manufacture and sell methamphetamine and other drugs.  His primary concern as a prosecutor has been to protect the victims of crimes.  To this end, he created a victim's advocate in Greene County.  He also worked with DCFS and local law enforcement to bring a child advocacy center to the area to serve Greene and the surrounding rural counties to combat child abuse. By thinking creatively, Goetten was able to expand the impact and capability of local law enforcement, without further burdening Greene County taxpayers.  

Founded in 2006, the mission of Political Action Committee is to elect Veterans to public office, with a focus on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and hold public officials accountable for their words and actions that impact America's 21st century troops and veterans. Though PAC is non-partisan, candidates it backs must support's core mission and beliefs.


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