By Jay Kirell
It’s that time of the year again – election season. Well, not really, but since we live in a 24/7 news cycle, being over a half a year away from the mid-term elections constitutes being ‘within’ a season.
Right now candidates across the country are vying for their party’s nomination in primaries, or have already secured the nomination to run against entrenched incumbents.
Many of these candidates come from legal or financial backgrounds. Some are lower-level politicians looking to rise up the ranks and some are political neophytes recruited by the local Democratic or Republican parties to run in races nobody else wanted to bother with.
Included amongst those political neophytes are military veterans, many of whom are stepping quickly out of participation in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and into the partisan battles waged here at home. Veterans have served this country in all levels of politics since the founding of the nation, and while the percentage of vets in Congress has shrunk over the years, new veterans are running at record numbers for higher office.
But many more run than win, and while many service-members may leave the armed forces with hopes of being elected to public office one day, there are a few things they should consider before throwing their hat into the ring.
1. Thanking you for your service is not the same thing as supporting your campaign
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