After Action Report 2012 National Convention Blitz for Veterans
We strive to bring attention to veterans' issues by presenting out publication and speaking directly to key officials and media outlets during the national conventions, as well as distribute the Veterans' Vision publication, in order to make veterans' our top national priority.
Veterans' Vision Content
- Agency for Community Treatment
- Liberty House
- ASAP Family Services
- Vetshouse, Inc.
- Southeast Veterans Service Center
- Mechling- Shakly Veterans Center
- Victory Support Services
-"The Employment Outlook for Veterans"
- Fighting to improve mental health care services and expanding the Montgomery G.I. Bill for post 9/11 veterans and their families
- Securing funds to help build new veterans' medical facilities, or to restructure existing facilities
- Holding positions on the Veterans' Affairs Committee
- Distributed to virtually every delegate hotel, every day for 5 days in Tampa; RNC, 35 hotels per day
- Virtually every hotel in the greater Charlotte area; DNC, 53 hotels per day.
- Restaurants and Bars Near the Convention Halls and Hotels
- V.F.W. Posts and Veteran Organizations
- Local Libraries and Businesses
- Local Community Service Organizations and Transitional Facilities
- ASAP Family Services
Dozens of business cards were handed out and several were collected. A few of the personal contacts include the following:
A series of interviews, during both conventions, were conducted regarding the needs and challenges of veterans. A few of the interviews were conducted by:
TEXAS PUBLIC RADIO - Ryan Loyd, RNC
KPOO FM 98.5 - Harrison Chastang, DNC
NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, TAMPA- RNC
Impact for Veterans
> Improved Healthcare
> Importance of Treating and Caring for PTSD
> Significance of Homelessness Among Veterans
> Severity of Unemployment Rates Among Veterans
Total Miles Traveled: 3,168
U-Haul rental truck to drop-ship 12,000 publication from Falls Church, VA to Statesville, NC
15 Days on the Road
11 Days Delivering Publications
18 Total Hours of Attending Events and Conducting Interviews Advocating for Veterans Issues
This typically embodies the act of shipping publications to the campaign headquarters of each endorsed candidate, as well as to each office in the House and Senate.
Convention delegate hotels range between 30 and 50 for each national convention. The team
members go back to each hotel every day. VV team members are schooled on how to distribute 140 publications in piles of ten at each delegate hotel. Teams are in and out within two minutes. When team members go back to hotels, copies of the VV are always gone from the day before.
VV team members are schooled to look the part, not looking left or right, but sweeping into the delegate hotel doors, walking to the end of the lobby, doing an about face and leaving piles of publications on display tables, lounge tables, tables next to elevators, in bars, restaurants, and on any flat surfaces.
Since 2000, the VV has been the only publication delivered to every delegate hotel every day. With their own media credentials, VV team members have been able to get into every hotel. VV teams employ a “wheel person” to double park down the street from every convention hotel entrance, while two team members saturate the hotels with publications.