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Tyler Koteskey

Tyler Koteskey is policy director for Concerned Veterans for America. He was a Fall 2020 Marcellus Policy Fellow with the John Quincy Adams Society, where his research focused on Naval spending priorities to facilitate a grand strategy of offshore balancing. Prior to joining AFP and CVA, Tyler was as a policy analyst at the Reason… Read more »

Kyle Buckles

Kyle Buckles is the communications director for Concerned Veterans for America and a veteran of the United States Air Force. After some thought and consideration of his life’s direction, and searching for some needed discipline, Kyle enlisted in the Air Force as a Cryptologic Linguist while in college. His service would train him in Russian… Read more »

Sarah Shriver Smothers

Sarah Shriver Smothers is press secretary for Concerned Veterans for America. She has a decade of diverse public relations experience in many industries including hospitality, lifestyle, politics, and grassroots activism. Sarah first joined Concerned Veterans for America in 2015 where she served in multiple capacities, including press secretary. She was integral in coordinating traditional communications… Read more »

Sam Rogers

Sam Rogers is the strategic director for Concerned Veterans for America in Wisconsin and a veteran of the United States Army. Motivated by the September 11th attacks, Sam joined the Army in 2005, just after he turned 18. Sam deployed twice to Afghanistan while serving as an enlisted interrogator and third time as a civilian… Read more »

Steven Burkhalter

Steven Burkhalter is strategic director for Concerned Veterans for America in Ohio and a veteran of the United States Navy. Steven joined the Navy in 1993 as a high school student and served for four years. He was deployed once to Bosnia, where he worked with SEALs and special warfare teams as a jet engine… Read more »

Leo Garcia

Leo Garcia is the strategic director for Concerned Veterans for America in Nevada and a veteran of the United States Air Force. Leo joined the Air Force in 1986 and served for eight years. While in the Air Force, Leo was deployed to the Middle East during the Gulf War where he did customs work… Read more »

Ben Rangel

Ben Rangel is the strategic director for Concerned Veterans for America in Texas and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Ben enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2003 and served for eight years. During that time, he was deployed to Iraq twice. During his first deployment, Ben sustained shrapnel wounds from an IED… Read more »