The following is being reposted due to current events after having originally been published to the VCS website in June 2016:
(Washington – June 11, 2016) – Veterans for Common Sense today issued the following statement regarding a new initiative by another organization using a similar sounding name:
“To the best of our understanding, it appears that the leaders of a different organization, “Americans for Responsible Solutions” (www.americansforresponsiblesolutions.org), have recently announced a new initiative. It is unfortunate that they have apparently chosen to name their new initiative, “Veterans Coalition for Common Sense“, which is very similar to and potentially infringing upon the name of our longstanding national organization, Veterans for Common Sense (VCS) (www.veteransforcommonsense.org).
To clarify, the “Veterans Coalition for Common Sense” initiative is entirely unrelated to, separate, and distinct from our Veterans for Common Sense (VCS) organization, which was founded in 2002 by a group of war veterans, incorporated in Washington, DC in 2003, and has been operating continuously in support of our mission since that time. VCS has been active in supporting current and former military service members, educating the media and the public, testifying before Congress more than 30 times, and has been frequently quoted in the national press.
It is truly unfortunate that leaders of the other organization chose to use a name so similar to ours, which is already causing confusion. We have already received numerous communications intended for their organization.
In the best interest of both organizations, and to prevent future confusion by policymakers, the press, and the public, we hope that Americans for Responsible Solutions will modify the name of their new initiative to prevent further confusion.”
Veterans for Common Sense, Inc. (VCS) was incorporated in 2003 to collect, analyze and disseminate information relevant to U.S. foreign and military policy for the use of the public in better decision making. VCS works to highlight issues of public interest related to national defense, foreign policy, and current and former military service members. VCS is an all-volunteer organization led by U.S. war veterans.