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14 G.I. JOBS | OCTOBER 2018 | GIJOBS.COM Her TV ad titled "Doors" went viral, helping Hegar raise $750,000 in 10 days, mostly with low-dollar donations. "I believe that our generation's great war is not in the Middle East but here on our own soil," Hegar says. "We are in a battle for the very soul of our nation. We fight for freedom of the press, civil liberties, racial and gender equality, and we demand our elected officials respect the dignity of the office they hold and the authority of our constitution." THE CHALLENGES Veterans running for Congress can face significant hurdles, particularly post- 9/11 veterans who have spent years away from home during their military service. Time away from districts they seek to represent means they often lack the deep connections their civilian opponents may have. "Money and political networks have become rising barriers to entry for young Americans who wish to run for office and are not independently wealthy," Dixon says. "During the past 20 years, the average cost of a congressional race has more than quadrupled. Furthermore, veterans, having lived outside of their home districts during their military service in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, often don't have access to affluent fundraising and political circles when they return home." Florent Groberg, who earned a Medal of Honor in Afghanistan and serves as an advisor to With Honor, believes the advantages veterans offer far outweigh their challenges. "An understanding of the reality of war. A commitment to our nation. A work ethic that is unparalleled. A different vision and mindset. An opportunity for the next generation to have a voice. Patriotism." Crenshaw agrees. "We learned problem solving, we learned leadership, we learned about making hard choices where the stakes couldn't be higher. We did this in some of the toughest environments in the world," he says. "We did this as a member of a diverse team, where race, religion, orientation, didn't matter. Most of us did this before the age of 25. If we take what we learned in the service and apply it in business, in our community, we will be the leaders the U.S. needs, like our grandfathers were." "I believe that our generation's great war is not in the Middle East but here on our own soil. We are in a battle for the very soul of our nation." MJ Hegar Democratic Nominee 31st Congressional District, Texas Age: 42 Military Service: Major (O-4), Air Force (1999-2012) Education: • Bachelor's degree, University of Texas-Austin, 1999 • Executive MBA, University of Texas-Austin, 2016

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