American Veterans Vote, Inc

Leave No Veteran Behind


October 18, 2022

From the CEO

In The Fight

Veterans are in the fight, well past the LD. We’re not outnumbered, unprepared, nor in retreat. We’re organized, committed, and building momentum at the ballot box. We continue to vote early at twice the statewide average turnout.

Tactically, American Veterans Vote (AVV) is executing multiple, full-throated events and rallies to increase candidate exposure and gain new members; +46% jump in membership this month. And we’re supporting and promoting mission partners to broaden operational results. Our strategic focus remains winning key Congressional races now, state races in 2023, and helping achieve national results in 2024. The talents and energies of new members continue to build our strengths – a team of Veterans used to hard work, mission focus and friendships.


Teammates make the work rewarding! Pictures below show the wall to wall, spirited rally for Yesli Vega in Fredericksburg at Gourmeltz restaurant. Our host AVV member Matt Strickland set the stage. Governors Gilmore and Youngkin fired up the crowd. Yesli delivered the message, 21 days to close the deal and WIN!! The next AVV Veteran event is 5 PM, October 19, Warrior Tap House in Virginia Beach supporting Jen Kiggans with Governor George Allen. Please JOIN US!

Scouts tell us the election continues to be low turnout. Voting Veterans, 440K strong, ARE the swing vote. Time to recruit, enlist, MOTIVATE our fellow Veterans, friends, and teammates to VOTE. 

This election can send a message from Virginia, from the ballot box, no less powerful than the Youngkin win, that we choose to stop and reverse assaults on our families, freedoms, and future. Don’t get lost in winning arguments. Concentrate on winning elections. Volunteer, Vote, Run.


Veterans Forward!

LTG (R) Bob Wood

American Veterans Vote     

Gov Glenn Youngkin, Bob Wood and Yesli Vega at Fredericksburg rally

Yesli Vega Rally in Fredericksburg at

Gourmeltz on October 17

Yesli Vega Fires-up

the Crowd

A Spirited Crowd

Gov Youngkin Strongly Endorses Yesli Vega

A Veteran's Perspective

Our Afghan Withdrawal Debacle


Michael Schoelwer

Our chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021 remains an open wound for Veterans and, in many cases, the wound is getting worse. We watched repugnant sights and images that Americans had not endured since the fall of Saigon. It was abhorrent to veterans who had served in Afghanistan or Iraq. And, it evoked particularly repulsive memories for Viet Nam Veterans. 

Click here to read the full article

Latest AVV Endorsed Candidates

First District

AVV endorses Republican Robert J. Wittman for the 1st congressional district. Wittman currently serves as the U.S. representative for Virginia's 1st congressional district - a post he's held since 2007.

Wittman's priorities include National Defense, Jobs & Economy, Veterans, Broadband, Transportation & Infrustructure, and Environmental Conservation.

Wittman was in Army ROTC during college and currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee.

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Second District

AVV endorses Republican Jen Kiggans for the 2nd congressional district. Kiggans is currently a Virginia state senator representing District 7. 

Kiggans' priorities include among other things, cutting inflation and the cost of living, growing jobs and the economy, border security, law enforcement, national security, and veterans,

Kiggans served 10 years in the U.S. Navy as a helicopter pilot, including two deployments to the Persian Gulf. She later went on to become a board-certified Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. 

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Fourth District

AVV endorses Republican Leon Benjamin for the 4th congressional district.

Benjamin is the Senior Pastor and Bishop of New Life Harvest Church in Richmond, and the founder of Coalition of Leaders United (CLU) dedicated to advancing conservative values and restoration of moral clarity in American.

Benjamin served in the U.S. Navy from 1986 to 1994 and is a Gulf War veteran.

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Sixth District

AVV endorses Republican Ben Cline for the 6th congressional district. Cline currently represents Virginia's 6th congressional district in the U.S House of Representatives. 

Cline's priorities include the economy, reforming congress, energy, healthcare, and support for veterans.

Cline previously served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates where he chaired the Committee on Militia, Police, and Public Safety.

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Seventh District

AVV endorses Republican Yesli Vega for the 7th congressional district. Vega is the daughter of Salvadoran immigrants who fled civil war. Running on a platform of conservative principles, in 2018 Yesli was elected to the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. 

Among other things, Vega's priorities include Constitutional checks and balances on the government, border security, law enforcement, election reform, education, healthcare, and the economy.

Vega previously served as a police officer and certified hostage negotiator and is a U.S. Army spouse.

Eighth District

AVV endorses Republican Karina Lipsman for the 8th congressional district. 

Lipsman's priorities include among other things, the economy, education and public safety.

Lipsman is a refugee from Soviet-Ukraine and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in engineering. She subsequently worked for 14 years in the defense and intelligence communities.

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Tenth District

AVV endorses Republican Hung Cao for the 10th congressional district. 

Cao's priorities include among other things, government checks and balances, the economy, education, defense of the homeland, and national defense.

Cao is a retired U.S. Navy Special Operations Officer and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Postgraduate School.

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Eleventh District

AVV endorses Republican Jim Myles for the 11th congressional district.

Myles' priorities include among other things, inflation, public safety, education, immigration reform, domestic energy policy, and social security and medicare.

Myles is a retired federal judge and former USAF fighter pilot and flight instructor. He also served on the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Voting Information

Preparing to Vote

Be an informed voter. Open your eyes to the country's challenges, then examine the policies of the candidates.

  • Click here to learn to read the news with a scrutinizing eye.


Early voting has started and runs through November 5th. Election day is November 8. Are you ready?

This is your opportunity to scrutinize candidates, weigh their potential effect on the nation, and then decide whether to vote them out or give them consent to govern. 

However, if you mismanage your voter registration in Virginia, you'll likely be restricted to casting a provisional ballot only. Then, the local electoral board will decide whether your vote is counted. Is that what you want?

You should also vote at the earliest opportunity - doing so reduces the risk of someone else using your ballot. If that occurs, you'll be limited to a provisional ballot.  

Register here or check that your registration is up to date. Deadline to register to vote is October 17.  Registration - Virginia Department of Elections

Know which congressional district you’re in and familiarize yourself with the candidates. Check here by your zip code: |

Know where to vote. Find your registrar’s office for early voting here: Local Contact Information (

For election day, find your polling place here: Polling Place Lookup - Virginia Department of Elections

Getting deployed and need to vote by absentee ballot? The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is October 28. Apply here: Citizen Portal - Virginia Department of Elections

Be An Engaged Member of the Electorate

As the election approaches, members of congress are paying attention. Now is a good time to let your congressmen know you're scrutinizing how they've governed - ask them what they've done to earn your vote.

Without any input from you, lawmakers could follow party or fringe agendas instead of the wishes of their constituency.

Speak up if you're unhappy with your elected officials' decisions or the direction of the country. They're supposed to work for you!

Click Here: How to Write Your Congressmen

American Veterans Vote, Inc. (AVV) is a volunteer team of Veterans and Civilian Mission Partners who led the Veteran Coalition for Glenn Youngkin. We are a 527 Political Action Committee with a nationally-focused mission to promote the political voice of Veterans and mission partners in support of our three key objectives:

  • Support of Veterans and their Families,
  • Defense of the Constitution, and
  • Promote Our Nation’s Security.

AVV’s goal is to help Veterans maximize their political voice by supporting Veterans’ ability to Vote, Volunteer and Run for Public Office.

"Every Veteran, Every Vote."

We don't speak FOR Veterans... we speak AS Veterans.

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