Got Your 6 Statement on Today’s White House Meeting with President Trump

Rausch urges President to promote positive veteran empowerment message

WASHINGTON (March 17, 2017) – Got Your 6 Executive Director and Iraq War veteran Bill Rausch today joined the leadership of nine other major veteran service organizations in a meeting with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin, and key White House officials to discuss policies to support and empower America’s veterans.

“The budget proposal released yesterday demonstrates the President’s clear commitment to our nation’s veterans by increasing VA funding by six percent,” said Rausch. “Today’s engagement with our Commander-in-Chief was an opportunity to encourage the President to elevate veterans’ issues beyond the walls of VA to ensure all 21.8 million veterans — including the 13 million veterans who do not use the VA — are empowered to lead a resurgence of community across the country.”

Rausch continued, “Through our research, we know that veterans vote, volunteer, and participate more in our communities. As a result, we believe our vets are the leaders we need to tackle our nation’s most pressing problems. Today we urged the President to sign an executive order to establish a White House Office on Veteran Empowerment and use his unique voice to promote a proactive and positive veteran empowerment message.”

Got Your 6 is a national organization based in Washington, D.C. dedicated to empowering veterans and strengthening communities. As a coalition bringing together 34 nonprofit partners — representing millions of veterans, Blue Star and Gold Star families — Got Your 6 works to change the narrative that veterans are “broken heroes.” Got Your 6 believes that veterans are leaders, team builders, and problem solvers who have the unique potential to strengthen communities across the country.

Other veterans groups represented at the meeting were American Legion, American Veterans (AMVETS), Concerned Veterans for America (CVA), Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Military Order of the Purple Heart, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), Student Veterans of America (SVA), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA).

ABOUT GOT YOUR 6
Got Your 6 unites nonprofit, Hollywood, and government partners to empower veterans. We believe that veterans are leaders, team builders, and problem solvers who have the unique potential to strengthen communities across the country. As a coalition, Got Your 6 works to integrate these perspectives into popular culture, engage veterans and civilians together to foster understanding, and empower veterans to lead in their communities. For more information, visit www.gotyour6.org.

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