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CVA names new Deputy Director

By Concerned Veterans for America

Grassroots veterans group promotes John Byrnes to deputy director


ARLINGTON, Va.—Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) on Thursday announced John Byrnes will become the organization’s new deputy director, working alongside Russ Duerstine, the newly appointed executive director of the premier veteran advocacy organization.

Byrnes, an Army and Marine Corps veteran, will bring to his new role extensive experience in grassroots activation and political advocacy. For a decade, and counting, Byrnes has been instrumental in driving CVA’s efforts to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and end America’s forever wars.

Byrnes had this to say about taking on his new role:

“As one of CVA’s longest serving employees, I have seen the tremendous power and dedication of our grassroots army through many different lenses. I’m excited to lean on this experience as part of our leadership team, and to be able to continue equipping and empowering our grassroots activists and volunteers for ten more years of policy wins for veterans, military families, and all Americans to preserve this great nation’s freedom and prosperity.” 

Byrnes was a part of the team who launched Concerned Veterans for America in North Carolina in 2012. Before accepting his new role as deputy director, Byrnes served as CVA’s education director, where he built CVA Foundation’s first educational programs.