Become a Common Defense Member!
We are a thriving multi-generational, multi-racial community of progressive veterans united by our commitment to social, economic, and environmental justice. If you have served in the U.S. military, for any period of time, you are eligible to join us.
As a member you will have access to:
Veterans Organizing Institute: this is our flagship training program free of charge to all participants. You will be trained to be an effective organizer in your community.
Speakers and Writers Bureau: this is our spokespeople training program, where you will learn how to use the power of your voice to effect change.
Our weekly newsletter
From updates on major news the previous week, shoutouts and highlights of our members in the media, events, and with opportunities to stay involved and take action on issues important to our community.
Our Slack veteran community
This is the space where you can connect with other progressive veterans working on similar issues or living in your region. It is VERY user friendly and a fun way to engage with a veteran across the country from you!
Bi-weekly national members-only calls
Where you will hear policy updates, ways to take action virtually and in-person, and will be able to discuss the issues most important to you with fellow like-minded veterans of all generations. You will also have access to guest speakers including elected officials and leaders in the progressive movement.
Opportunities to join member committees
As a member you will expand your leadership skills by joining any of our standing member committees: Electoral Committee, Outreach Committee, and Social Media Committee.
Volunteering and organizing opportunities
We have an extensive list of ally organizations that we regularly partner with and support their actions. We also host working groups for possible upcoming campaigns and are proud to support any actions that are planned and led by our members if we have capacity!
Our staff empowers our members to take lead within our growing community and will work with you to amplify your voice and leadership within the progressive movement.