About Us

This is who we are.

Who We Are

We empower veterans to stand up for our communities against the rising tide of racism, hate, and violence, to organize against the entrenched power of greedy billionaires who have rigged our economy, and to champion an equitable and representative democracy, where “liberty and justice” truly is for all. 

We achieve this through:

  • Training veterans as grassroots organizers
  • Growing, organizing, and mobilizing the progressive veteran community
  • Advocating for progressive legislation at the local, state, and federal level
  • Mobilizing our 200,000 members to support candidates who share our values

Common Defense is the country’s largest veteran-led grassroots organization committed to engaging, organizing, training and mobilizing veterans to elect accountable leaders and promote progressive values in 2020 and beyond.

Common Defense veterans delivering GOP Senators 100,000 petitions to un-endorse Donald Trump.

Our History

Common Defense was first founded in 2016 as a grassroots effort led by veterans who opposed Trump’s corrupt agenda of hate. During that time veterans were not well organized to grapple with our frustration with the status quo. Since then, we have led the “Vets Against Trump” movement, helping win impeachment and speaking out daily against his crimes. 

We officially incorporated as a structured organization in March 2019.  

Common Defense veterans rally outside Trump Tower in NYC.

Ending the Forever War was and continues to be central in our work. Veterans are tired of war, so we got to work building consensus in the Democratic Party to end the forever war. Seven presidential candidates signed our pledge, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren leading. Currently, it has been added to the official Democratic Party Platform making clear that “Democrats will deliver on this overdue commitment to end the forever war.” Presidential candidate Joe Biden has also made his commitment to end the forever war clear and we plan to hold him to it once he is in office.

Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders signed Common Defense’s End the Forever War Pledge.

We were heavily involved in Impeaching Trump. Common Defense Veterans know that accountability for Trump and his cronies’ crimes will only happen if we build a grassroots movement of people to demand justice. That’s why we were on the forefront demanding impeachment, standing with allies like Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. 

Common Defense veterans speak out at a rally calling for Donald Trump’s impeachment.

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