FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: John Hoellwarth, AMVETS
Kaz Sasahara, The Nimitz Group
The Nimitz Group Joins AMVETS to Fight for All Veterans
WASHINGTON, D.C. – AMVETS (American Veterans) is pleased to announce The Nimitz Group has joined AMVETS to advance our public policy and congressional interests in the nation’s capital. The Nimitz Group is a bipartisan advocacy group tackling the most difficult veterans and healthcare issues.
Nimitz Group CEO Justin Brown has more than 10 years of experience related to veteran advocacy on Capitol Hill. As a senior congressional staff member, he led numerous Veterans Affairs subcommittees and launched the nationally recognized non-profit HillVets, empowering veterans to create greater global impact. During his tenure on Capitol Hill, Brown was the primary staffer who worked toward comprehensive reform of the claims appeals backlog. He also was the first congressional committee staffer on the ground during the Phoenix VA Medical Center scandal. As a VA employee, he worked with senior staff and political appointees at the height of the claims backlog. As a lobbyist, Brown played a pivotal role in passage of the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
“The Nimitz Group brings an incredible amount of experience and know-how to our important legislative efforts,” said AMVETS National Executive Director Joe Chenelly. “We are excited about this addition during these turbulent legislative times. Justin Brown, a Navy veteran, is known not only for his legislative resolve and excellent relationships, he is known for his ability to execute and get things done.”
“AMVETS has an extraordinarily important role in veteran advocacy as the only large, Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization open to and fighting for all veterans, regardless of when or where they served,” Chenelly said. About 5 million veterans – nearly a third of all U.S. military veterans – are peacetime veterans, ineligible for regular membership in the other large organizations.
“Representing one of our nation’s largest and most storied veteran’s organizations is truly a great honor, and one we will take seriously,” Brown said. “We will fight every day to ensure our nation’s veterans and AMVETS’ members retain the benefits and healthcare that they have earned and deserve.”
Initial meetings consisted of reviewing AMVETS legislative resolutions and considering legislative strategies to get them enacted. AMVETS legislative team and The Nimitz Group staff will immediately begin meeting with congressional staff and leadership this week to discuss the AMVETS agenda.
Founded more than 70 years ago, AMVETS has more than 250,000 members across the United States. The non-profit organization’s mission is to enhance and safeguard the entitlements for all American Veterans who have served honorably, including the National Guard and Reserve, and to improve the quality of life for all veterans, their families, and the communities where they live through leadership, advocacy and services.