|Army Lieutenant Colonel Allen West
Gulf War? Check. Iraq War? Check. Afghan War?
Check. You name it, Lieutenant Colonel West has the
t-shirt...and the awards to prove it. Lieutenant Colonel West was
decorated for valor on the battlefield as a Captain during Desert
Storm, he led a battalion (that's about 600 Soldiers) in combat in
Iraq, and then trained Afghan Army officers in Afghanistan. In all
places, Lieutenant Colonel West always put his men first,
and was willing to make the tough calls.
Don't we need more Congressmen who can make tough calls in
Washington? Damn right we do, and Lieutenant Colonel West is the
man for the job. VFF-PAC will stand with him,
shoulder-to-shoulder, and make sure we discharge another DC
Visit Lieutenant Colonel West's site HERE.
|Army Lieutenant Colonel Steve Stivers
This Army veteran of 25 years was a Battalion Commander who led
over 400 soldiers in a combat zone. That should make shepherding
the 435 sheep...um, we mean House members...a simple task. (For the
record, the House is comprised of 80% non-veterans).
Lieutenant Colonel Stivers came thi....s close to winning this
Congressional seat in 2008, losing in a recount. VFF-PAC
supported him then, and will aggressively do so again. He's already
won his primary, and is drawing up battle plans for November.
Visit Lieutenant Colonel Stivers' site HERE.
|Marine Lieutenant Ilario Pantano (North
No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy. These words define
the warfighter, Ilario Pantano. After 9/11, Lieutenant
Pantano left a cushy job on Wall Street to lead a platoon of
infantry Marines in combat, which brought him to Fallujah during
some of the fiercest fighting of the war. Lieutenant Pantano led
his men with courage and decisiveness, exactly the qualities needed
on the battlefield.
Lieutenant Pantano will bring those same qualities to
Washington, leading the fight for our warfighters. He's smart,
articulate, and tenacious. This Republican has an excellent chance
in November, and VFF-PAC plans to be a steadfast friend,
taking on his enemies one-by-one.
Visit Lieutenant Pantano's site HERE.
|Air Force Captain Adam Kinzinger
The other nine members of VFF-PAC's Operation 10-in-10
saw the war(s) from the ground; Captain Kinzinger saw them from the
sky--sending valuable intelligence to ground troops in Iraq (2
tours) and flying air medical evacuations in Afghanistan, a job
that requires skill...and balls of steel. Captain Kinzinger may
look like Tom Cruise, but he's actually earned the wings.
Captain Kinzinger calls Iraq and Afghanistan veterans "America's
warrior class," and he's right. He will be a stalwart for his
fellow veterans, not just when they come home--but also while their
on the battlefield. So it's on to the general election for this
Maverick, and we plan to be his Goose.
Visit Captain Kinzinger's site HERE.
|Army Colonel Joe Heck (Nevada-3)
Colonel Heck is the man you never wanted to see in Iraq, but
when you did, he was a warfighter's best friend. This is because
Colonel Heck ran the emergncy and air-medical evacuation division
for the combat support hospital in Al Asad, Iraq. Al Asad is the
second largest base in Iraq, and recieved wounded Soldiers and
Marines from multiple hot spots on a daily basis. Think M-A-S-H on
Colonel Heck now commands a U.S. Army Hospital state-side, and
is seeking to take command of the people's seat in Nevada-3 as a
Republican. VFF-PAC will fight with everything we have for
Colonel Heck, knowing that he'll send a medevac blackhawk our way
if things get scrappy.
Visit Colonel Heck's site HERE.
|Navy Commander Andy
Commander Harris helped save and rehabilitate the severely
wounded during Operation Desert Storm. And with all that's
ailing Washington these days, VFF-PAC believes Congress
could really use this dedicated physician stat!
In addition to leading the John Hopkins' Naval Reserve Medical
Unit in the years since, Commander Harris has served in the
Maryland state senate, applying his oath to the Constitution and
defending liberty every step of the way. This Republican is
battling mightily in a very competitive race, and
VFF-PAC's surging for his victory come November.
Visit Commander Harris' site HERE.
|Marine Corporal Michael Grimm (New
Corporal Grimm left college and enlisted at age nineteen,
earning a meritorious field promotion before returning home from
the first Gulf War. All Marine jokes aside, Corporal Grimm's
a leader of many talents, having also served as a deputy U.S.
Marshall and an FBI special agent.
Now a businessman with degrees in law and accounting, Corporal
Grimm, as with all VFF-PAC's Operation 10-in-10
candidates, embodies the new generation of
citizen-solider-legislators Washington needs to strengthen U.S.
national security policy and restore economic prosperity.
Visit Corporal Grimm's site HERE.
|Army Major Tim Griffin (Arkansas-2)
Major Griffin--a Screamin' Eagle no less!--has served our
country in uniform for 13 years, one of which was spent in Iraq on
a Bridage Operational Law Team. He earned the Combat Action
Badge--which means this Army lawyer met the enemy in battle, not
just in the courtroom. He remains in the Army Reserves to this
Major Griffin already won his Republican primary, and is well
positioned to win in November. VFF-PAC will send
artillery, mortars, direct fire, and maybe even some Marine
infantrymen down range on his behalf.
Visit Major Griffin's website HERE.
|Army Colonel Chris Gibson (New
7 tours, including 4 Iraq combat tours. 4 Bronze Stars. 2 CIBs.
1 Purple Heart. Any way you stack it up, this infantry Brigade
Commander is a modern day GI Joe. Colonel Gibson's battalion earned
a Unit Valor Award in Iraq, during some of the fiercest fighting of
the war. And, oh by the way, Colonel Gibson is a graduate of
Cornell and Stanford, and taught at West Point. So he's smarter
than you...and us.
Colonel Gibson, who is the consensus Republican candidate, faces
an uphill battle in November. Nothing he hasn't seen before!
VFF-PAC will "follow him" as he charges up the hill in New
York, seeking to bring leadership, integrity, and some good ol'
fashion wup-ass to Capitol Hill.
Visit Colonel Gibson's site HERE.
|Marine Major Sean Bielat
Major Bielat's contributions in Afghanistan and Iraq extend well
beyond his reserve pay grade, as his bomb-diffusing robots have
tackled countless improvised explosive devices, unexploded
ordnance, and saved lives. With degrees from Georgetown,
Wharton, and Harvard, this Marine running in the Massachusetts
Commonwealth knows how to work smarter, not harder.
Challenging Barney Frank, the controversial chairman of the
House Financial Services Committee-to whom many attribute the
recent mortgage crisis, Major Bielat and VFF-PAC believe
he can close the gap in November, when it counts, in a district
Scott Brown won.
Visit Major Bielat's site HERE.