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20 veterans groups petition for McDonald to remain VA secretary

ICYMI: 20 veterans groups petition for McDonald to remain VA secretary: Leaders of 20 veterans groups are appealing to President-elect Donald Trump to retain Bob McDonald as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. In a letter sent to Trump on Wednesday, the groups said the veterans community “cannot afford to start over” on a transformation of the VA that McDonald has initiated in his two years in the post. They noted McDonald’s “MyVA” reform program, which has been touted as improving veterans’ trust in the agency. “We decided to come together, we decided to lead on this, because we’re committed to helping President-elect Trump succeed,” said Bill Rausch, director of the nonprofit Got Your 6. “We looked at all the candidates and our conclusion was that Bob McDonald was the best to move forward to reform the VA.”




20 vets group urge Trump to keep McDonald at VA

20 vets group urge Trump to keep McDonald at VA: Twenty veterans organizations urged President-elect Trump on Wednesday to keep on Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald in the next administration. The groups sent a letter that voiced support for those who have proven their commitment and qualifications to getting it right and asked that McDonald be able to stay in his role after leading the largest transformation in the department's history. As you make your selection for VA secretary, then, we advocate for an approach that recognizes and builds upon current progress, the letter says. Given the challenges we face, we cannot afford to start over. The letter was organized and led by Got Your 6 executive director Bill Rausch. The groups supporting it include AMVETS, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, the National Military Family Association, the Service Women's Action Network, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors and Wounded Warrior Project.

Storytellers 2016 Montage -- New York City

Got Your 6 Storytellers showcases the exemplary talents and ideas of some of our country’s brightest and most groundbreaking veterans. Join us in celebrating their accomplishments and become #VetInspired by their stories of leadership.

Please watch our 2016 Storytellers NY sizzle reel and share widely to help everyone become #VetInspired this holiday season!



"Don't Just Thank, Vote!" PSA

TODAY is Election day and Got Your 6 has one word for you - VOTE. In celebration of November 8th's General Elections, Got Your 6 has partnered with attn:, Rob Riggle, David Eigenberg, Joe Manganiello, JW Cortes, Tom Arnold, Bill Rausch, Kate Hoit and more, to launch our latest PSA, showing the importance of exercising this valuable freedom and driving as many people to the polls as possible. More information about Got Your 6 here: gotyour6.org


Veterans to America: Thank us by Voting

As an Army Captain, I deployed to Baghdad in May 2006, just a few months after the historic December 2005 Iraqi election. During my time in Iraq, I met countless Iraqis who proudly showed me photos of themselves and their family members holding up purple-stained fingers signifying they had voted in that election. These men and women faced down roadside bombs, suicide bombers, and rooftop snipers, all for the chance to participate in a free and open election. Eighty percent of the Iraqi electorate turned out that Election Day. Over the past 100 years, Americans have not even come close to that level of turnout. Lately, it has been even worse. In the 2012 presidential election, of the 235 million eligible voters in America, only 129 million – around 55 percent -- bothered to show up to the polls. That’s without having to dodge sniper bullets. So Election Day 2016, which lands just three days before Veterans Day, those who wore the uniform are issuing Americans a challenge: Don’t just t…

VCHI Confirms the Civic Strength of our Veterans

If you were one of the 16,000+ people who watched our SiriusXM event on Facebook Live, you know that last week Got Your 6 unveiled the findings of its second annual Veterans Civic Health Index. The report confirms exactly what we already know: that veterans are the civic assets our country has been searching for! Veterans volunteer, engage with local governments and community organizations, vote, and help their neighbors, all at rates higher than their non-veteran counterparts. For more information about the report, visit: gotyour6.org/impact/veterans-civic-health-index. We released the 2016 VCHI at an event titled “Veterans: America’s Greatest Assets” at SiriusXM’s Washington, D.C. studios. The morning kicked off with a panel that included VA Sec. Bob McDonald and Janaia DeShields from Points of Lights.

Veteran Transition: Hear from Got Your 6 Executive Director Bill Rausch

SEPTEMBER 13, 2016 8 MINUTE READ Bill Rausch, Executive Director of Got Your 6 This week, the Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative and the United Service Organizations (USO) to host an event that highlights the resources and careers available to transitioning service members, veterans, and their spouses.  As we dive into this important issue, the Bush Institute is publishing a series examining the important role that employers and non-profits play in veteran transition and recommendations on how to leverage a veteran's leadership talent. Today, Bill Rausch, the Executive Director of the non-profit Got Your 6 and a former Army Major, discusses why hiring and investing in veterans isn't simply the right thing to do, it's the smart thing for business leaders and employers to do. Can you give us some background on how/why Got Your Six was formed? In 2012, Got Your 6 was created to empower vete…
This is how Bill Rausch and the ‘Got Your Six’ team works with movie makers to get it rightby Orvelin Valle- Aug 19, 2016Podcast,Veterans Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play | Stitcher | SoundCloud | More Subscribe Options The mission of Got Your Six is to normalize the depiction of veterans on film and television and dispel common myths about the veteran population. Together with partners in the entertainment industry, business, and politics, it casts a wide net of influence and social change. In this episode of the We Are The Mighty podcast, Got Your Six executive director Bill Rausch and WATM’s Logan Nye discuss the depiction of veterans in mainstream entertainment. Related: Here are the Got Your Six chief’s lessons from his first 100 days Hosted by: Logan Nye: Army veteran and associate editorOrvelin Valle (AKA O.V.): Navy veteran and podcast producerGuest: Bill Rausch: Army veteran and Executive Director of Got Your Six