HillVets Announces Fellowship in Partnership with Wounded Warrior Project

Washington, DC (July 22, 2021): The HillVets Foundation is proud to partner with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to present a special fellowship opportunity for a post-9/11 veteran interested in pursuing a career in advocacy and public policy. The HillVets – WWP Fellowship is unique in that the fellow will serve six months as a legislative fellow for a Member of Congress followed by a six months rotation working at WWP with the Government & Community Relations Team, making this fellowship opportunity a truly unique and powerful experience.

The HillVets – WWP Fellowship Program is designed for veterans who wish to pursue a career in government, policy, and/or politics, with a focus on issues of interest to post-9/11 veterans and their families. The Fellowship will give the selected veteran the chance to experience the legislative process firsthand, while building the necessary skills to embark upon a successful career in policy. Housing is available if needed, and a monthly stipend will be provided. Alongside our HillVets House Fellows, the HillVets WWP fellow will participate in a variety of educational, mentoring, and networking opportunities throughout their fellowship.

“We are thrilled to kick off this partnership with Wounded Warrior Project,” said HillVets Foundation Executive Director Betty Rhoades. “A program which provides both Capitol Hill and VSO advocacy experience will make an impact on the selected fellow and the broader post-9/11 veteran community. We can’t wait to see what HillVets, Wounded Warrior Project, and this fellow will accomplish together!”

“Veterans bring a perspective unlike any other to our nation’s capital, sharing their insights about their real-life needs,” said Jose’ Ramos, VP of government and community relations at WWP. “Providing veterans with the skills they need to be successful advocates and public policy champions will help the entire veteran community get critical legislation passed, and necessary reforms made. Wounded Warrior Project is proud to partner with HillVets on this fellowship.”

The application link for the HillVets-WWP Fellowship is now live and will be accepting submissions until August 10, 2021.

About HillVets

HillVets’ mission is to serve the community of veterans, Service members, and supporters in our Nation’s Capital with opportunity, mentorship, housing, peer support, and training in their pursuit of continued service in government.

About Wounded Warrior Project

Since 2003, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has been meeting the growing needs of warriors, their families, and caregivers — helping them achieve their highest ambition. Learn more.

HillVets Media Contact

Jena Doyle, Director of Programs and Congressional Engagement

jena@hillvets.org; 339-788-2422

Wounded Warrior Project Media Contact

Mattison Brooks, Communications Specialist

mbrooks@woundedwarriorproject.org, 202.969.1120

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Senator Bernie Sanders becomes HillVets House Ambassador

Washington, D.C. (July 19, 2021) –HillVets is excited to introduce Senator Bernie Sanders (I, VT) as a HillVets House Ambassador, a Member of Congress who publicly supports the HillVets House Fellowship Program. In addition, Ambassadors consider our Fellows for initial placement, as well as permanent positions within their offices. Our growing list of HillVets House Ambassadors are dedicated to helping veterans lead a successful career in public policy.
Designed for veterans who wish to pursue a career in government, policy, and politics, the HillVets House Fellowship program provides highly qualified veterans, servicemembers, and surviving family members opportunities to serve as Legislative Fellows in Congressional Offices. HillVets House Fellows network, develop relationships with peers and mentors, and gain substantive exposure and experience within all aspects of the legislative process. Through such experiences, the fellowship provides individuals with the necessary skills to find full-time employment in a policy-related position. Additionally, housing is available for veterans who need it, and a monthly stipend is given to all HillVets House Fellows. The HillVets House Fellowship also offers participants a plethora of educational opportunities.
“I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity HillVets has provided me to continue serving my country. As a veteran and a patriot, I feel an imperative for progressive veterans to enter the policy arena and fight for an American experience that truly embodies our founding ideals. For far too long, corporations have sat at the driver’s seat of American policy, coopting our military and electoral process to continually mislead Americans into believing they are the beneficiaries of policy designed to protect and promote corporate interests. The veteran experience sheds light on the real-world effects of entanglements in foreign, military, veteran, and corporate policymaking, says Essam Attia, Legislative Assistant to Senator Sanders and Former HillVets House Fellow. “The veteran voice on Capitol Hill is necessary for ensuring the men and women who serve our country are doing so in the best interest of the American people and their service is honored and dignified. The role HillVets plays in providing veterans the opportunity to continue serving our nation is critical to the success of both the country and our veterans. I am proud of my military service and honored to continue to serve the people of Vermont under Senator Sanders, an opportunity to which I owe HillVets a debt of gratitude.”
As one of the least represented groups on Capitol Hill, HillVets believes the voices of military- connected individuals need to be heard. We thank Senator Sanders for giving them and their supporters a seat at the table, as well as a chance to add their perspectives, expertise, and experiences to the policy conversation that takes place on Capitol Hill.
“It is a true honor to welcome Senator Sanders to the HillVets Community,” says Jena Doyle, HillVets Director of Programs and Congressional Engagement. “I look forward to establishing an equally beneficial working relationship with the Senator and his team, and I am excited about the possibility of finding them an incredible fellow to add to their legislative team!”
About HillVets
HillVets’ mission is to serve the community of veterans, Service members, and supporters in our Nation’s Capital with opportunity, mentorship, housing, peer support, and training in their pursuit of continued service in government.
HillVets Media Contact
Jena Doyle—Director of Programs and Congressional Engagement; jena@hillvets.org; 339-788-2422
The Office of Senator Bernie Sanders Media Contact
Freeland Ellis—Press Secretary; Freeland_Ellis@sanders.senate.gov; 202-224-5141
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Congressman Tony Gonzales becomes HillVets House Ambassador

Washington, D.C. (June 3, 2021) –HillVets is excited to welcome Congressman Tony Gonzales (R, TX-23) as a HillVets House Ambassador. A HillVets House Ambassador is a Member of Congress who publicly supports the HillVets House Fellowship Program. Ambassadors like Congressman Gonzales believe in the idea of helping veterans seek a successful career in policy.

The HillVets House Fellowship Program is designed for veterans who wish to pursue a career in government, policy, and politics. The purpose of the program is to provide highly qualified veterans, servicemembers, and surviving family members with opportunities to network, develop relationships with peers and mentors, and gain experience by becoming a Legislative Fellow in a Congressional office. The Fellowship gives veterans the chance to experience the legislative process firsthand while building and developing the necessary skills needed to find full time employment in a policy related position. In addition, housing is available for veterans who need it, and a small monthly stipend is provided to all HillVets House Fellows. HillVets House Fellows receive a plethora of educational opportunities throughout their fellowship. Congressman Gonzales, and the growing list of ambassadors on our team, consider our Fellows for initial fellowship placement, as well as permanent positions within their office.

“As a veteran myself, I know how difficult the transition from active duty to civilian life can be, and it is incredibly helpful to have a supportive community like HillVets to aid in the transition process,” said Congressman Gonzales. “Our veterans and military families are also uniquely qualified when it comes to making policy as many of them have been or are still directly impacted by policy decisions from our government. I am excited to be a HillVets ambassador and seeing our community grow as a resource for our veterans and military families that want to work in Congress.”

HillVets believes that the voices, experiences, perspectives, and expertise of veterans should be an asset to the policymaking process on Capitol Hill. We thank Congressman Gonzales for joining us in our cause to increase veteran representation throughout the policy conversations that take place in Washington.

“We are delighted to welcome Congressman Gonzales to the HillVets Family!” said Jena Doyle, HillVets Director of Programs and Congressional Engagement. “Congressman Gonzales brings a unique viewpoint to Congress as a Navy Veteran and is the perfect example of how a veteran voice can be a positive addition to shape and influence policymaking. We are grateful to have him in our corner.”

About HillVets

HillVets’ mission is to serve the community of veterans, Service members, and supporters in our Nation’s Capital with opportunity, mentorship, housing, peer support, and training in their pursuit of continued service in government.

HillVets Media Contact

Jena Doyle—Director of Programs and Congressional Engagement; jena@hillvets.org; 339-788-2422

The Office of Congressman Tony Gonzales Media Contact

Paige Lindgren—Communications Director; paige.lindgren@mail.house.gov; 202-225-4511

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Congressman Barry Moore Becomes HillVets House Ambassador

Washington, D.C. (March 30, 2021) –HillVets is excited to share that Congressman Barry Moore (R, AL-2) is a new HillVets House Ambassador. Along with HillVets’ growing list of Ambassadors, Congressman Moore is a Member of Congress who publicly supports the HillVets House Fellowship Program and considers our Fellows for initial fellowship placement, as well as permanent positions within their office.

The HillVets House Fellowship Program is designed for veterans who wish to pursue a career in government, policy, and politics. The purpose of the program is to provide highly qualified veterans, servicemembers, and surviving family members with opportunities to network, develop relationships with peers and mentors, and gain experience by becoming a Legislative Fellow in a Congressional office. The Fellowship gives veterans the chance to experience the legislative process firsthand while building and developing the necessary skills needed to find full time employment in a policy related position. Ambassadors, like Congressman Moore, are committed to helping veterans seek a “second service” career in policy.

“I’m honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve as a HillVets House Ambassador,” says Congressman Moore. “As a former member of the Alabama National Guard turned Member of Congress, I look forward to encouraging veterans to add their voice to the policymaking process and help Congress do a better job of serving our nation’s heroes.”

Veterans are one of the least represented groups on Capitol Hill, and HillVets believes that their voices need to be heard. We thank Congressman Moore, and the plethora of other supporting Members of Congress, for giving veterans and their supporters a seat at the table, and a chance to add their perspectives, expertise, and experiences to the policy conversation that takes place in Washington.

“The HillVets community is excited to have a supporter and House Ambassador like Congressman Moore, and we thank him for joining our mission to bring more veterans to Capitol Hill,” says HillVets Director of Programs and Congressional Engagement, Jena Doyle. “I look forward to a great relationship!”

About HillVets

HillVets’ mission is to serve the community of veterans, Service members, and supporters in our Nation’s Capital with opportunity, mentorship, housing, peer support, and training in their pursuit of continued service in government.

HillVets Media Contact

Jena Doyle—Director of Programs and Congressional Engagement; jena@hillvets.org; 339-788-2422

The Office of Congressman Barry Moore Media Contact

Katie Milner—Communications Director; katie.milner@mail.house.gov; 202-225-2901

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Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland Becomes HillVets House Ambassador

Washington, D.C. (April 1, 2021) –HillVets is excited to welcome Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland (D, WA-10) as a HillVets House Ambassador. A HillVets House Ambassador is a Member of Congress who publicly supports the HillVets House Fellowship Program and considers our Fellows for initial fellowship placement, as well as permanent positions within their office. Ambassadors, like Congresswoman Strickland, are committed to helping veterans seek a “second service” career in policy.

The HillVets House Fellowship Program is designed for veterans who wish to pursue a career in government, policy, and politics. The purpose of the program is to provide highly qualified veterans, servicemembers, and surviving family members with opportunities to network, develop relationships with peers and mentors, and gain experience by becoming a Legislative Fellow in a Congressional office. The Fellowship gives veterans the chance to experience the legislative process firsthand while building and developing the necessary skills needed to find full time employment in a policy related position. In addition, housing is available for veterans who need it, and a small monthly stipend is provided to all HillVets House Fellows. HillVets House Fellows receive a plethora of educational opportunities throughout their fellowship.

“As the daughter of a veteran and a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I fully understand the importance of ensuring our veterans and military communities have access to the resources and opportunities they deserve. I also have the distinct honor of representing Joint Base Lewis-McChord -the largest military installation on the West Coast and one of the most well-regarded military bases in the world,” says Congresswoman Strickland. “Veterans have put their lives on the line for us, and we have a responsibility to support them when they return home to civilian life. HillVets plays such a critical role in ensuring that type of transition occurs.  I’m honored to serve as a HillVets Ambassador and I look forward to continuing the crucial work to ensure our veterans are supported during and after their military careers, in whatever they choose to do.”

Veterans are one of the least represented groups on Capitol Hill, and HillVets believes that their voices need to be heard. We thank Congresswoman Strickland, and the growing list of other HillVets House Ambassadors, for giving veterans and their supporters a seat at the table, and a chance to add their perspectives, expertise, and experiences to the policy conversation that takes place on Capitol Hill.

“It is always such a pleasure welcoming new HillVets House Ambassadors to our greater community,” says HillVets Director of Programs and Congressional Engagement, Jena Doyle. “I am thrilled to establish an equally beneficial working relationship with Congresswoman Strickland and her staff, and I look forward to being able to help them find an incredible fellow to add to their legislative team!”

The Office of Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland Media Contact

Katrina Martell—Communications Director; Katrina.Martell@mail.house.gov; 202-225-9740

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