There are three veterans currently running for president — do you know who they are?

Elizabeth Howe
November 08, 2019 - 11:49 am
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There are currently three veterans in the running for President 2020 — do you know who they are?

Joe Sestak - Democrat, former congressman from Pennsylvania, former Navy admiral

When Sestak was elected to congress in 2006, he was the highest-ranking military officer ever elected — after serving in the Navy for 31 years. Born in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, Sestak attended the Naval Academy before going on to an accomplished career in the Navy serving as President Clinton's Director for Defense Policy on the National Security Council, the first Director of the Navy’s strategic anti-terrorism unit after 9/11, and the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements responsible for the Navy’s five year $350 billion warfare requirements. Sestak delayed his original presidential campaign announcement in order to be present for his daughter's battle with brain cancer. 

Sestak's main issues are combating climate change and restoring America's place in the world. 

Tulsi Gabbard - Democrat, congresswoman from Hawaii, Army National Guard veteran

Gabbard is the first female combat veteran ever to run for the presidency — she's already the first female combat veteran ever elected to Congress along with Sen. Tammy Duckworth. Gabbard has served for over six years on the Foreign Affairs Committee in addition to her service with the Army National Guard. She is a war veteran of two tours in the Middle East and currently serves as a major. 

Gabbard's main issues include opposition to American military intervention and healthcare for all.

Pete Buttigieg - Democrat, Mayor of South Bend, Ind., Navy veteran

Buttigieg was only 29 when he was elected as South Bend, Indiana's mayor — he is currently the youngest presidential candidate. According to his campaign page, Buttigieg has more years of government experience than the president, more years of executive government experience than the vice president, and more military experience than anybody to walk into the Oval Office since President George H. W. Bush. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve and took an unpaid seven-month leave during his mayoral term to deploy to Afghanistan. For his counterterrorism work, he earned the Joint Service Commendation Medal.

Buttigieg's main issues include climate change and economic opportunity. 

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