Joe Sharpe, Director of the National Veterans Employment and Education Division, The American Legion
Joseph C. Sharpe Jr. was appointed to the position of Director of the Economic Division in April 2009, now Veterans Employment & Education and currently serving as the Acting Director for National Security Division. Prior to serving as Director, he served as Deputy Director of the Economic Division, Health Care Field Representative and Assistant Director of the Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Commission.
He is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, where he earned an M.A. in International Relations and Economics. He also has two Graduate Certificates in International Business and Trade and Health Care Management from Georgetown University. Joseph also earned his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
In 1982, he entered the United States Army. After completing initial training at Ft. Sill, OK, and Ft. Sam Houston, TX, he served as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor with the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea. He also served as a Mental Health Counselor in Ft. Benning, GA, worked as a Behavioral Science Research Specialist at the Walter Reed Institute of Research, Heidelberg, Germany, and was appointed as the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of Inpatient Social Work and Psychiatry Service, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in Washington, DC. In addition to his active duty service, Joseph recently retired from the 354th Civil Affairs Brigade, U.S. Army Reserve, Riverdale, MD, as the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Brigades Economics and Commerce Team.
During his military service with the Army Reserve Sergeant First Class Sharpe was deployed twice overseas, in Operation Joint Forge, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and recently for the Global War on Terrorism, in which he received the Bronze Star Medal for work completed in the restoration and improvement of public and private financial institutions and banking services in Iraq.
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, he and his family currently reside in Bristow, Virginia.
Edward R. “Randy” Reese, Executive Director, DAV Washington Headquarters
Edward R. “Randy” Reese, Jr., a combat veteran of the Persian Gulf War, was appointed Executive Director for the more than 1 million-member DAV National Service and Legislative Headquarters in Washington, D.C., in December 2018. His responsibilities include assisting the oversight of DAV’s primary mission of advocating for and protecting veterans benefits. He serves as one of the organization’s principle spokespersons before Congress, the White House and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Reese was previously appointed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to serve on the following Federal Advisory Committees and assist in the review and improvement of disabled veterans benefits:
• VBA Task Force on Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment
• Federal Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation
• Federal Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans
A life member of DAV Arlington/Fairfax Chapter 10, Reese joined DAV’s professional staff in 1995. Reese was previously assigned to numerous locations across the nation as a national service officer before his appointments as Associate National Service Director in May 1999, Assistant National Service Director in August 2000, Deputy National Service Director in August 2001, National Service Director in 2002, Deputy Director of Human Resources in July 2010 and National Human Resources Director in August 2013.
Aleks Morosky, National Legislative Director, Military Order of the Purple Heart
Aleks Morosky is the National Legislative Director of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), a Congressionally Chartered Veterans Service Organization headquartered in Springfield, VA. He is primarily responsible for communicating the MOPH legislative agenda to the United States Congress, federal departments and agencies, and other organizational stakeholders in the veterans’ community. Aleks’ efforts include advocating for all veterans and their families, with a special emphasis on those who were wounded in combat.
A native of Norwich, Connecticut, Aleks served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army for one week shy of seven years, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant. He deployed twice to Iraq from 2003-2004 and 2005- 2006 as a member of the 502d Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. On February 15, 2006, Aleks was wounded along with two other soldiers when their HMMWV was struck by an improvised explosive device on a night mission near Mahmoudiyah, Iraq. He would spend the next 10 months recovering from his injuries in Landstuhl, Germany and Fort Campbell, KY before being honorably discharged from the Army on Christmas Eve, 2006.
Following his military career, Aleks graduated magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a BA in Political Science using the GI Bill. Upon graduation, he served as a veterans and military aide to Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro from 2011-2013. He then went on to work for the National Legislative Service of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in their Washington, DC office from 2013-2016, where he was ultimately promoted to the position of Deputy Director.
Aleks assumed his current role as MOPH National Legislative Director in June 2016. Having joined MOPH in 2007, he is a life member of George Washington Chapter 1 in Derby, CT. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.