With Honor, a new political organization, launched Thursday plans to support veterans who served after Sept. 11, 2001 as they run for political office, according to Time magazine.
The group aims to spend $30 million assisting 25 to 35 veterans in House of Representatives races around the country in the 2018 midterm elections. The group is tracking around 100 former service members who are preparing to run, said With Honor founder, former Marine Rye Barcott.
Veterans' experience at teamwork and service will help in politics, Barcott said.
"That matters, especially when you're working on hard problems, to have that type of camaraderie and be able to still get a beer together even if you might disagree on a particular item. Even if you're battling it out on the floor, you can still respect each other and appreciate each other's company," Barcott said in Time.
"I served with Marines from all walks of life, and that experience working together on missions that matter made us better. It's part of the reason why I think veterans are a key to turning our country around and uniting us," said author and veteran J.D. Vance, according to Time.
Barcott said the organization would ask potential candidates to commit to sets of values. Those include returning contributions from donors that could diminish the candidate's integrity, as well as publicly rejecting ads that "lie or baselessly attack" their opponents. The candidates would also be required to co-sponsor one piece of bipartisan legislation per year, and hold regular meetings with the opposite party, according to Time.
"Are America's best days behind us? Not if this group of next-generation veterans has the opportunity to serve again," Barcott and Jake Wood, a With Honor advisor board member, wrote in a Time magazine opinion piece.
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