Vet Voice Foundation announces addition of Major General (Ret.) Paul D. Eaton as Managing Director
WASHINGTON, DC – The non-partisan Vet Voice Foundation is announcing the appointment of Major General (Ret.) Paul Eaton as Managing Director, today. Eaton will assume his new role, leading day-to-day operations of the organization, immediately.
“I am extremely pleased to be joining such a strong voice for veterans, like the Vet Voice Foundation,” said Eaton. “Their work on issues that are important to veterans, but usually haven’t included the voice of the veteran, is ground-breaking. Their work on conservation and protection of public lands, especially, returns a veteran’s voice to the issue that has been missing since Teddy Roosevelt.”
“We couldn’t have been more fortunate than this,” said Garett Reppenhagen, Iraq War Veteran and Rocky Mountain West Coordinator for the Vet Voice Foundation. “General Eaton is one of the most respected military leaders in recent history, and one of the fiercest advocates for veterans, since his retirement from the Army. To have him come aboard, and help guide this organization, is a real holiday gift.”
While the Vet Voice Foundation has undertaken action on a wide range of issues, from voting rights to reduction of world-wide nuclear arsenals, it perhaps is best known for its work on conservation.
For example, the group recently has undertaken a major effort in support of the designation of Browns Canyon, in Colorado, to be named a national monument, rallying veterans to appear at public events and hearings on the issue. Browns Canyon is located near several U.S. military bases, including Ft. Carson and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Protecting Browns Canyon as a national monument would permanently protect these national public lands – a popular year-round recreation area – and ensure that service members and veterans could have access to the outdoors, can heal from the trauma of war, and reconnect with family. Previously, the group successful worked for designation of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in New Mexico, and the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument in California.
Eaton, however, noted that he’s looking forward to forging new paths on a host of new issues that the organization will be involved with, as it expands its reach in the coming years.
“There is true growth potential for the Vet Voice Foundation, and I’m looking forward to moving the ball forward on even more issues, and helping the group expand its reach,” Eaton said. “So, stay tuned.”
Major General (Ret.) Paul Eaton served more than 30 years in the United States Army, including combat and post-combat assignments in Iraq, Bosnia and Somalia. As a major general he was assigned to Iraq from 2003 to 2004 as Commanding General of the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team (CMATT), where he designed, manned, trained and equipped the Iraqi armed forces for the Iraqi Ministry of Defense and the security forces for the Interior Ministry. Prior to that assignment, he commanded the Army’s Infantry Center and was Chief of Infantry for the Army. Eaton has appeared on a number of news and commentary programs including Face the Nation, Hardball and all major networks. During the 2008 campaign season, he advised candidates for both congressional and presidential campaigns. For the past five years, he served as a senior advisor to the National Security Network. Additionally, Eaton has recently participated with the Department of Energy in non-proliferation work. He holds a bachelor’s degree from West Point and a master’s in French Political Science from Middlebury College. He is married to PJ, has two sons and a daughter, all soldiers.
Founded in 2009, the mission of Vet Voice Foundation is to mobilize veterans to become leaders in our nation's democracy through participation in the civic and democratic process. VVF seeks to harness the energy and drive of the dedicated men and women who have fought for their country, and put it to work at home and in their communities on the important issues they face, such as health care, jobs, the environment, and housing.