Listen in on The Horse Race podcast, Episode 06: Special Edition, with veteran advocate Alexander McCoy.
|The Horse Race, sans Brendan McKinnon & Dan Webb, returns for a Special Edition, just after the team’s brilliant Clinton-Trump debate recap. In this episode 06, Lima Charlie News Senior Political Correspondent, veteran Michael Connolly, interviews US Marine Corps veteran & veteran advocate Alexander McCoy.
McCoy served 6 years in the Marine Corps, separating in 2013 at the rank of Sergeant. As a Marine, he deployed to Saudi Arabia, Honduras, and Germany in support of the US Department of State, where, among other assignments, he served to protect the lives and operations of DOS personnel, he provided analysis of the 2012 “Days of Rage” attacks on US Embassies, and was selected by the White House to support the US Secret Service in protection of President Barack Obama during his visit to Berlin in 2013.
Following his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, and seeking to continue service to his country, McCoy has embarked on a new mission to support fellow veterans, serving as a tireless veteran advocate and activist. Among other organizations, McCoy is co-founder of High Ground Veterans Advocacy, a non-profit that trains veterans in the legislative process and to become grassroots activists, and which has led the fight to enact the Fairness for Veterans Act (HR.4683), as reported by Lima Charlie News.
McCoy is also co-founder of the Ivy League Veterans Council, a non-profit that is tasked “to study, address and resolve under-representation by U.S. military veterans in the student populations of elite academic institutions.”
As co-founder of Common Defense PAC, he is openly opposed to Donald Trump serving as Commander-in-Chief. McCoy has organized “Vets Vs Hate” and “Vets Against Trump,” anti-Trump rallies, gaining significant press and attention.
— Alexander McCoy (@AlexanderMcCoy4) June 30, 2016
Currently studying political science at Columbia University, McCoy has written articles on foreign policy, defense and veterans issues, that have appeared in The New York Times, Task & Purpose, Reuters, Foreign Policy, the Jerusalem Post, the Daily Mail, the Journal of Political Risk, and the Huffington Post.
Listen in as Mike Connolly gets the facts, on The Horse Race, Episode 06, Special Edition.
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Michael D. Connolly, Chief Political Correspondent, Lima Charlie News
Michael Connolly is a former Army Staff Sergeant who served in the Infantry, completing two combat tours to Iraq. He currently serves as the Director of Military and Veterans Affairs for the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland-College Park. Michael is a member of the Truman National Security Project Defense Council. He graduated with an M.S. in Political Science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Follow Michael on Twitter: @MConnollyLC
Brendan McKinnon, National Political Correspondent, Lima Charlie News
Brendan McKinnon is a Juris Doctor candidate at Boston College Law School. He previously served for ten years in the U.S. Coast Guard, including three afloat tours and one deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Brendan earned a BS in Government from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and an MPS in Strategic Public Relations from George Washington University. He interned on the Capitol Hill staff of a Congressman while a Cadet at the Coast Guard Academy, has field and operations experience on additional Congressional campaigns, is a member of the Truman National Security Project Defense Council and a Mentor with Veterans in Global Leadership. Follow Brendan on Twitter: @BMcKinnonLC
Dan Webb, Political Correspondent, Lima Charlie News
Dan Webb is a former U.S. Air Force Airborne Systems Engineer on the RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft. He completed three deployments to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom totaling over 1200 combat flight hours. He currently works as a software engineer for an Omaha based marketing agency. Previously he worked for the Office of Military and Veteran Services at the University of Nebraska Omaha where, as a student, he received his B.S. in Political Science with a minor in Economics. Additionally, as a student he completed internships for Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer and NE-2 Congressman Lee Terry. He also worked on current NE-2 Congressman Brad Ashford’s 2013 independent campaign for Mayor of Omaha, Ne. Dan’s interests include domestic economic policy, veteran’s issues, and national security. Follow Dan on Twitter | @DanWebbLC