Veterans & Military Families

VMFC Chair

Colonel Don Fowler (Ret.)

VMFC Co-Chair

Jan Donatelli

VMFC Vice-Chairs

Terron Sims, Vice Chair for Next Generation Veterans and Recruitment
Saif Khan, Vice Chair for Veterans Issues
Christine Pelosi, Vice Chair for Campaigns and Elections

VMFC Regional Coordinators

Asha Castleberry, Tri-State
Mike Evans, Midwest
Harold Naughton, Northeast
Sonia Fernandez, West
Virgel Cain, Southwest
Mike Velasquez, Mid-Atlantic
Elena McCullough, South

State Directors

Hal Donahue, (PA)
Paul Knudtson, (IL)

Recent Updates
  • President Obama Awards the Medal of Honor to 24 Veterans

    On Tuesday, March 18, President Obama presented 24 veterans with the Medal of Honor for their service in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The awardees were identified through a Pentagon review of discrimination in the military.

    "No nation is perfect, but here in America we confront our imperfections and face a sometimes painful past, including the truth that some of these soldiers fought and died for a country that did not always see them as equal,” President Obama said.

    It was the largest Medal of Honor ceremony since World War II.

    Read more.

  • Never Forget

    Today, we pay tribute to the loved ones we lost, remember the bravery of our heroes and stand together once again, united for all.

    Although September 11, 2001 is painful in our memory, the fabric of the American spirit continues to shine through. We remember the stories about acts of courage, of brave Americans putting their concern for others safety above their own, and commemorate the outpouring of compassion that flowed from every corner of our country. We honor the firefighters, police officers, medical professionals and first responders who ran into burning buildings to save the lives of their fellow Americans, even if it meant losing their own.

    While we hold our loved ones closer, we will never forget how our nation came together at this time of great adversity to move forward. The One World Trade Center now stands tall above the New York City skyline and reminds us of our resilience and commitment to building a better tomorrow for our children. And as we face great challenges as a nation, let us come together again so we may build a stronger, safer and more perfect union.

    This day is annually recognized as the National Day of Service and Remembrance. Click here to find out about opportunities in your community. 

    Let us never forget.

  • See how the GOP sequester is hurting communities nationwide

    When they chose not to come to the table and stop the sequester, Republicans in Congress declared tax breaks for rich were more important than jobs or education, health care or defense. Check out—and share— to see how the the GOP sequester is hurting communities across the country.

    When they chose not to come to the table and stop the sequester, Republicans in Congress declared tax breaks for rich were more important than jobs or education, health care or defense. Check out—and share— to see how the the GOP sequester is hurting communities across the country.

  • "Truly appalling"

    Our chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, just sent this email on the GOP sequester:

    Friend --

    Friday at midnight, the sequester went into effect -- and Republicans are counting on the possibility that you won't notice.

    While it may take time for the harmful effects of these billions of dollars in automatic cuts to be felt by some Americans, some families are already starting to feel the pain -- like families on military bases.

    The sequester immediately cut a program called "Impact Aid" which is a major source of funding for schools on military bases. So now military families -- including those with a family member deployed overseas -- have to worry about immediate cuts to teaching staff, increased class sizes, and delayed building repairs.

    Our men and women in uniform fighting overseas shouldn't have to worry about fighting to keep their kids in school back home just because Republicans in Congress are unwilling to negotiate.

    Tell congressional Republicans to come back to the table right away to negotiate with President Obama to end the sequester. Add your name now.

    President Obama has laid out a balanced, fair approach to end the sequester -- and it's supported by more than three-quarters of Americans.

    But Republicans won't even consider it. And the longer they refuse to come to an agreement, the more these harmful effects will spread. Teachers could be laid off, health care for military families could be cut, support for mentally ill children could be reduced, and hundreds of thousands of jobs could be lost.

    It's truly appalling.

    The only way Republicans will come back to the table to end the sequester is if they know it's politically unsustainable not to -- that's why they need to know that constituents like you want them to stop these devastating cuts.

    Tell my Republican colleagues to do their job and end the sequester. Click below to add your name:



    Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    Democratic National Committee

Veterans & Military Families
Recent Action
National Conference on Mental Health
June 3, 2013
President Obama directed the 152 Veteran Affairs health centers across the country to hold mental health summits focused on better servicing and understanding the needs of veterans and their families.
Joining Forces Hiring Commitment
April 30, 2013
Two years ago, President Obama challenged private businesses to hire 100,000 veterans by 2013. Since then, businesses have nearly tripled that goal and committed to hiring almost 435,000 veterans over the next five years.
Training Veterans in High Growth Professions
April 29, 2013
First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled a new public-private partnership dedicated to helping thousands of transitioning veterans earn Information Technology certifications in high growth professions.