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Becoming a Veteran: Veterans In Politics

Through the years, some political leaders have had a military background which they find to be a perfect extension of their service. Is it because of the oath they took...their belief in serving the greater good.  Producer and veteran Scott  Bourque speaks with Army Reserve Major Aaron Marquez, a Major in the Army Reserve, member of the Phoenix Union High School District governing board, and leader of the political activist group VetsForward. Listen in as he reveals the untapped power of veterans and how their engagement in political activism can benefit our community.

Lawmakers’ allegiance to gun lobby, not children

As I serve my community as a school board member, my work is to make sure kids in Arizona, like my daughter, are safe in and outside of school – especially from gun violence.

Being American with Deval Patrick

In this episode of the Being American Podcast, Gov. Patrick sits down with Aaron Marquez, an Army veteran and co-founder of, a group of progressive military veterans in Arizona working to defend democratic values at home by winning the hearts and minds of American voters. VetsForward is partnering with Bridge Together, led by Gov. Patrick, to engage voters ahead of the 2022 midterms and beyond. Gov. Patrick also addresses the Senate's failure to pass federal voting rights legislation and the threat of state voter suppression laws on our democracy.

Arizona veteran, Afghan refugee speak out about Afghanistan's Taliban takeover

An Arizona veteran who served in Afghanistan and an Afghan refugee have strong reactions to the unfolding events as the Taliban takes over the country.