A Movement of Veterans

Common Defense was founded in 2016 by veterans who oppose Trump’s corrupt agenda of hate. Together we will reclaim our democracy and build a truly grassroots movement to fight for our future.
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Our Mission

Common Defense is a diverse, grassroots organization of U.S. veterans and military family members who are fighting to preserve the core values we swore to uphold and defend. Together we vow to protect our communities from hate and violence, to serve on the front lines for social, economic, and global justice, and to champion a truly equitable and representative democracy.

Organizing means taking our democracy into our own hands – not leaving politics and policy to the politicians.

The Veterans Organizing Institute (VOI) is a nonpartisan, progressive training program, where we teach cohorts of 30-40 veterans from around the country the skills to be grassroots organizers within their community.


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