VoteVets Endorses Mike Derrick for Congress

ALBANY, NY – The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets PAC, today is endorsing fellow veteran Mike Derrick for Congress, in New York’s 21st Congressional District. VoteVets PAC represents over 400,000 veterans, military families and civilian supporters. 

“Mike and his family are all about service to America, and that is a value we need more of in Washington,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran, and Chairman of VoteVets PAC.  “We need public servants who put others above themselves, who show commitment to the job they’ve accepted, and keep focused on the duty at hand.  Mike represents all of those ideals.  He will be an extraordinary Congressman.”

According to his biography,  Mike Derrick grew up in Peru, NY where he attended Peru Junior High School and Mount Assumption Institute (MAI) in Plattsburgh.  After high school, Mike was appointed to West Point and graduated in 1985.  He was commissioned in the infantry and went on to serve for 28 years in both the active and reserve forces, retiring in 2013.

Mike served around the world: patrolling the DMZ in Korea, defending the German border during the Cold War, commanding an infantry company in Desert Storm with the 1st Armored Division, serving as a European foreign area officer, earning two masters degrees from Indiana University, teaching history at West Point and the Command and General Staff College, leading logistics units in Hawaii, and commanding two training battalions after the attacks of 9/11. Upon retiring from the military, he advised the Department of State on international missile defense cooperation. 

Mike and his wife Kathy, also a West Point grad and retired Army Lt. Col., have been married for 28 years. They have four children.  The oldest is in the Army, one studies at Colorado State University, one is at West Point, and the youngest is in high school. 

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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