About Veterans for Liberty
Veterans for Liberty is a community created by and for American military veterans. Like many of you, we spent enough time away from home to appreciate the how great our country is. Hearing about our nation’s problems while overseas, then coming home to see apathy among our citizenry is what really drove us to create this website and pursue a mechanism for change. VFL was created to inspire U.S. military veterans and our friends to become more involved in our own governance. We truly have the potential to become the next greatest generation, and the onus is on us to become more involved in political processes as extraordinary citizens. Our community is an untapped resource of leadership.
VFL has Three Core Axioms for a Greater Society
Education: People must have adequate knowledge to make informed, responsible decisions.
Community: Veterans should not only look after each other, but also our entire communities.
Public Service: To those whom much is given, much is expected. Continue to use your skills for the greater good.
Our mission is to advance the ideas of personal freedom and personal responsibility. Service shouldn’t end when we receive our DD-214s. VFL seeks to increase voter turnout, veteran representation in administrative positions, and veterans elected to public office. We want to inspire people to think more critically about current policies at every level for the future of our nation. Whether you are a veteran or a concerned citizen, familiarize yourself with the resources of this website, connect with others, and submit your own original content!
Meet the VFL Team
Chris Fox is a Project Coordinator at USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, where he recently graduated with an MPA. Prior to that, he was a research fellow at the DHS Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), where his focus was on homegrown violent extremism. He also holds a BA in Psychology and an AAS in Information Systems Management. Chris served for seven years as a TACP, is a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and continues to serve as a JTAC Instructor in the Texas Air National Guard.
Nate Carlson served in the Active Duty Air Force as an Air Liaison Officer (ALO) and JTAC and continues to serve in the Air National Guard. OEF vet. Nate earned his BS in Civil Engineering from Clemson University, and is currently working for an international surgical/healthcare company.
Alan Novak is a former Air Force Combat Controller (CCT) with multiple deployments to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Prior to his career as a Special Operations JTAC, he attended Purdue University for a degree in Engineering. He currently works as a Defense Contractor in the Southwest.
Chase is a former Green Beret, and currently a Community Liaison for the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) at the University of Southern California, where he manages the nationally-recognized Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative. Chase is also the founder of the Ronin Refugee Project to identify and protect former wartime allies. He is finishing his MPP at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy and aspires to create the policies for the New Greatest Generation. Millsap served as a Marine Officer after graduating from the Naval Academy at Annapolis, and later transitioned into the Army as a Special Forces Detachment Commander. He has deployed several times to the Middle East and Southwest Asia.
Dane Bowker is a Department of Defense civilian diligently writing and advocating for veteran’s issues. Dane was also recently a veteran coordinator for former Senator Jim Webb’s 2016 Democratic Presidential campaign. From 2013-2014 he was a Provincial Augmentation Team (PAT) leader for the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force in Eastern Afghanistan. Dane also served as a Counter-Insurgency Advisor for the Marine Corps in Washington, D.C. and advisor to the Counter-Insurgency Advisory and Assistance Team in Kandahar from 2010-2011. Prior to his tours in Afghanistan, he performed details to the Office of Senator Webb and the Navy’s Quadrennial Defense Review staff. Dane received his Master’s from American University in 2006, where he wrote on counterinsurgency in Afghanistan. He holds both a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Biology from the University of California in San Diego.