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Next Generation Veterans for Obama is a group of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who support Barack Obama for the presidency. This group of veterans will play a prominent role at the Democratic National Convention, lead Veterans for Obama efforts in the states, and serve as surrogates before veterans and general audiences across America.

Throughout this country, veterans from all generations have expressed support for Barack Obama because of his commitment to winning the global war on terrorism and his strong record advocating for America’s veterans. Senator Obama has earned particularly strong support from this next generation of combat veterans, many of whose political views were forged on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.

More than 14,000 military personnel and veterans have donated to the Obama campaign during this election cycle – equivalent to an Army division. A recent study found that deployed military personnel donated 6 times more to the Obama campaign than to the McCain campaign, statistics which illustrate the broad support for Barack Obama among service members and military families, and reflect a broader shift by military voters away from the Republican Party.




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• VA Healthcare

• Help for Returning Service Members

• Improved Mental Health Treatment

• Iraq

• Defense

Meet Next Generation Veterans for Obama

REP. PATRICK MURPHY

REP. PATRICK MURPHY, U.S. ARMY, BRISTOL, PA

Congressman Murphy is the first and currently only Iraq Veteran who is also a member of Congress, winning an incredibly close race in Pennsylvania’s 8th district. Patrick originally hails from just outside Philadelphia, and proudly worked in Veterans Stadium during Philadelphia Eagles games. He joined the Army Reserves through King’s College, then attended law school, and later activated to teach Constitutional Law at West Point. After 9/11, he volunteered for deployment and served in Bosnia and Iraq as a JAG Corps officer. He currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee and is the only freshman congressman on the House Select Committee on Intelligence.

 
JONATHAN KUNIHOLM

JONATHAN KUNIHOLM, U.S. MARINE CORPS, RALEIGH, NC

Jon is a PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering at Duke University and is a retired Marine Corps officer, having served on active duty and in the reserves for nine years. Jon lost part of his right arm in Haditha, Iraq in a New Year's Day ambush of his patrol. In his own words, “I would discover that the disability I sustained because of my wounds would create opportunities as well as limitations." He is one of over 300 engineers worldwide working on next generation prosthetic arms for the DARPA Revolutionizing Prosthetics 2009 program. Jon is currently training to climb Denali with other disabled vets.

 
MICHAEL LUMPKIN

MICHAEL LUMPKIN, U.S. NAVY, SAN DIEGO, CA

Michael Lumpkin is a Navy SEAL and served in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa, Panama, and the Philippines. With a Master’s Degree in National Security Affairs, he is recognized by the Department of Defense as a specialist in both the Western Hemisphere and Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict. Mike’s final assignment was in the Special Operations Command Office of Legislative Affairs in Washington, D.C., where he served as liaison to Congress on policy and appropriation issues. Mike retired from the Navy after 21 years of service and is now running for the House of Representatives in his native San Diego.

 
WESTLEY MOORE

WESTLEY MOORE, U.S. ARMY, NEW YORK, NY

Raised in the Bronx and then sent to Valley Forge Military Academy after a troubled youth, Wes transferred to Johns Hopkins and was honored by the Maryland College Football Hall of Fame and graduated with honors. Wes then completed a degree in International Relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar where his thesis topic, “The Rise and Ramifications of Radical Islam in the Western Hemisphere” earned him praise as one of the foremost experts on the topic. An Army captain and paratrooper, he was activated from the Army Reserve and completed a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan and earned a Bronze Star Medal. He later served as a White House Fellow in 2006 and 2007 as a special assistant to Secretary Rice. He currently works for Citigroup as an investment banker.

 
Nate Fick

NATE FICK, U.S. MARINE CORPS, NEW YORK, NY

Nate grew up outside Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from Dartmouth. After deliberating between joining the Peace Corps and the Marine Corps, Nate chose the latter and became an Infantry and Reconnaissance Officer. He had operational assignments in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and was part of the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003. After returning, he wrote, "One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer," a best-selling account of his experiences which was reviewed by positively by many prominent citizens, including Senators Kerry and McCain. Nate’s platoon is depicted in the current HBO series, “Generation: Kill”. He is currently on the board of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute of Strategic Studies.

Maura Sullivan

MAURA SULLIVAN, U.S. MARINE CORPS, BOSTON, MA

Maura was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois and attended Northwestern University on an ROTC scholarship. After graduating, she commissioned into the Marine Corps, serving as a logistics officer. Her first assignment was to Okinawa, Japan where she traveled through Southeast Asia on military duties. Maura deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in 2005 and served there with distinction. Upon separating from active duty, Maura began a joint degree program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School, where she remains currently.

 
Christopher Henderson

CHRISTOPHER HENDERSON, U.S. AIR FORCE, CHICAGO, IL

Chris is a third-generation Air Force officer and commissioned after completing his Bachelor’s degree at Georgetown University. He received a scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge, where he earned a Master’s in International Relations. Chris then completed intelligence officer training in West Texas and was assigned to South Korea, where he analyzed the North Korean missile crisis in 2006. He volunteered to deploy to Iraq with the Army and worked interrogation operations, recovery of missing personnel, and analysis of Al Qaeda. Chris returned to the United States in late 2007 and completed a tour at the National Security Agency before joining Obama for America.

 
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