VFW Action Corps – Grassroots Advocacy on Behalf of Military Veterans

Retired Marine Corps officer John Guandolo served in Iraq as an infantry platoon commander with the 2d Battalion 2d Marines during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. As a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), John Guandolo contributes to an organization that supports fellow veterans and their families through various services and activities, including the national grassroots advocacy group Action Corps.

A component of the VFW’s National Legislative Service, Action Corps comprises a network of more than 25,000 VFW members and supporters who call, write, e-mail, and visit legislators in Washington, DC, to represent the interests of veterans in policy matters that impact their lives. Membership in Action Corps is not restricted to members of VFW and any American citizen concerned with the welfare of military veterans can join at no cost.

Action Corps members have been an integral part of recent successes for VFW’s National Legislative Service. In January 2014, Congress repealed reduced cost-of-living adjustments for military retirees, thanks in part to 30,000 e-mails sent at the behest of Action Corps to every Congressional office. Currently the Senate is considering the comprehensive veterans’ benefits bill S. 1982 and Action Corps members have sent approximately 10,000 messages urging passage of the measure.

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Author: John Guandolo

John Guandolo, a counterterrorism consultant at Strategic Engagement Group, Inc., also contributes his time to the Centennial Institute as a Strategic Threats Consultant. The institute, part of Colorado Christian University, works to promote the public understanding of freedom, family, and faith issues. This is accomplished through research, policy analysis, and seminars and conferences with students, staff, faculty, and outside experts such as John Guandolo. He also co-authored Shariah: The Threat To America: An Exercise In Competitive Analysis (Report of Team B II). As Vice President of Strategic Planning and Execution at Strategic Engagement Group, John Guandolo assists law enforcement, government, military, and intelligent community leaders on how to prepare for and respond to terrorist threats. Prior to accepting a position with Strategic Engagement Group, he served the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Subject Matter Expert. During his time in this role, he developed the agency's first training course on the threat of Muslim extremism and issues posed by the rise of Islamic law. John Guandolo joined the agency as a Special Agent, where he led SWAT team operations, participated in investigations, and served as an Advanced Capability Medic. His accolades include two Awards for Investigative Excellence, given by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, and the Defender of the Homeland Award, given by United States Senators John Kyl and Joe Lieberman. John Guandolo graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1989 and was a Company Commander during his senior year. He is a member of the Force Recon Association, a non-profit fraternal organization that promotes the fellowship of those who have served in military reconnaissance units. John Guandolo also holds membership in the Knights of Columbus, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and the Order of St. Crispin. He enjoys hiking, competing in triathlons, and camping.

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