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Time: This New Political Group Thinks More Veterans in Office Can Fix Congress

November 9, 2017

By: Maya Rhodan

Rye Barcott thinks veterans can be a key part of the answer to Washington’s problems. On Thursday, the former marine and his team will officially launch WithHonor, a political organization that will support “next generation veterans,” those who served after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, as they seek higher office.

WithHonor is looking to spend $30 million dollars helping between 25 and 35 veterans from across the political spectrum in competitive House races across the country during the 2018 election cycle. The group has not endorsed any candidates yet, but Barcott says they’ve already begun tracking some 100 former service members who are preparing for contests.

The number of veterans serving in Congress has declined steadily since the 1970s, when veterans made up around three-quarters of all members. Now, just over 19% of the legislative body is made up of former servicemembers. That’s not to say that veterans aren’t running for — and winning — higher office. According to Military Times, the number of younger veterans has risen steadily [...]

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