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G.I. JOBS | OCTOBER 2018 | GIJOBS.COM 10 10 WITH HONOR Crenshaw connected with a political action committee (PAC) called With Honor. It was launched early in 2017 by three veterans who believe their fellow veterans can help fix a broken and ineffective Congress. Gallup polls in 2018 show that only 11 percent of Americans have a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in Congress, while 74 percent have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the U.S. military. "The issue of polarization is a systemic problem in our country that requires action now," says Rye Barcott, a Marine who co-founded With Honor and serves as its CEO. "We all feel this frustration. Congress now has a lower approval rating than any other public institution, and by one measure, is less trusted than a used car salesman." Barcott and his two co-founders, post-9/11 veteran Peter Dixon and former Navy officer David Gergen, believe those who served can help resolve the deepening divide that threatens our nation's future. "We know that veterans share a common foundation of service that often makes them more willing to seek creative, cross-partisan solutions," says Dixon, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran who owns a Silicon Valley defense company. "Politics used to stop at the 'water's edge,' meaning that as Americans, we were on the same team. Veterans realize that we do have real enemies in this world, and they aren't the fellow Americans sitting across the aisle." Candidates supported by With Honor must take a pledge of integrity, civility and courage. The pledge includes a commitment to meet with someone from another party at least once a month and sponsor legislation with a member of another party at least once a year. Endorsements come with financial support from With Honor's traditional PAC, as well as independent advertisements from a With Honor Super PAC. With Honor has raised $20 million to help the candidates it supports, including a $10 million donation from Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. With Honor's Super PAC sponsored independent advertising that helped Crenshaw cruise to victory during his run-off election in May. "During the run-off the race got a bit nasty," he says. "I was being attacked Dan Crenshaw Republican Nominee 2nd Congressional District, Texas Age: 34 Military Service: Lieutenant Commander (O-4) Navy (2006-2016) Education: • Bachelor's degree, International Relations and Affairs, Tufts University, 2006 • Master of Public Administration, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, 2017 With Honor Co-Founders Peter Dixon, left, and Rye Barcott, center, pose with Peter Pace, retired Marine Corps general who served as the 16th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dixon and Barcott, both Marine Corps veterans, founded the With Honor PAC with David Gergen, a Navy veteran, former presidential adviser to four American presidents and a political analyst for CNN. G.I. JOBS | OCTOBER 2018 | GIJOBS.COM Dan Crenshaw, former Navy SEAL who deployed overseas five times. "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."

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