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