Our History and Mission

In keeping with the writings of U.S. Revolutionary War patriot and author Thomas Paine, Veterans for Common Senses (VCS) strives to ensure that America’s national security and long-term prosperity are protected and enhanced for present and future generations.

With roots in Paine’s pragmatic ideals, VCS works to raise the unique and powerful voices of veterans for the betterment of current, past, and future members of the U.S. armed forces and the nation they protect.

Toward those aims, VCS collects, analyzes and disseminates information relevant to U.S. foreign policy, military policies, and veterans’ affairs for the use of the public in better decision making.

Veterans for Common Sense was founded in 2002 and incorporated in Washington, DC on September 17, 2003 by service-minded war veterans veterans who believe we, the people, are most secure when our country is strong and responsibly engaged with the world.  Since that time, VCS has been interviewed by and quoted in the national press on hundreds of occasions, provided expert information and testimony to numerous government, scientific, educational, and non-governmental organizations and entities, and testified before Congress on more than 30 occasions.

Veterans for Common Sense, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Most gifts are 100 percent deductible as a charitable contribution under Federal and State income tax laws. Please consult your individual tax advisor to determine how much of your contribution is deductible.

At present, VCS is an all-volunteer organization.


What We Do

VCS engages in:

  • Public education
  • Policy advising
  • Public relations to help shape the public discussion
  • Public speaking engagements, media interviews, op-eds, and letters to the editor to educate and raise issue awareness
  • Development and publication of new data, including through Freedom of Information Act requests and data mining
  • Congressional testimony and testimony before governmental and quasi-governmental public organizations
  • Legislative and regulatory advising
  • Coalition building and coalition participation
  • Provides speakers, experts, and consumer reviewers

9 Responses to About

  1. Oscar says:

    I am retired army and used to call some of the retired general some of the greatest. This has made me loss all respect for them.

    • Jeff says:

      Hopefully you still have money remaining in your GI Bill to get your education.

    • Team VCS says:

      They are a different organization, but with a similar sounding name (We are “Veterans for Common Sense,” they are “Veterans Coalition for Common Sense”). We are working now on a response. We are not affiliated with them.

  2. Michael Odette says:

    As a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan I totally agree Assault Weapons do not belong in our streets. This was a mistake we made in Iraq when we allowed each household to keep one AK47, This made for a never ending battle. Common sense says we need to end this ease for buying these weapons.

  3. DAN III says:


    As far as your being a “veteran”, so what ? Allegedly, you took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States. Yet here you are remarking that your fellow citizens should not have the same firearms the tyrannous government of the United States employs against both foreigners and patriots/nationalists.

    There is civil war brewing in this former United States. And the fact that statists, collectivists such as yourself wore the uniform of this declining and once great nation, will not excuse you from the retribution of those who swore to defend the Constitution of this once great nation, from enemies foreign AND DOMESTIC.

    • GLENN TROESTER says:

      Okay, so your position is that citizens must achieve weapons parity with the active military so we can go toe-to-toe with federal troops dispatched by our tyrannous democratically-elected government. That means you think citizens should own machine guns, 50-cal guns, mortars, anti-tank weapons, Stinger missiles, 155mm howitzers, a tank or two.

      You, sir, are a raving idiot. I hope you are writing your trash from a tiny little living space in a nuthouse or a prison.

      2nd BN, 35th INF Regiment, Vietnam. Bronze Star for valor 3 awards; Arcom with V device; Air Medal; Purple Heart 2 awards; RVN Cross of Gallantry.

  4. Charles says:

    Our government is one of the least repressive in the world. You should read more. If you want repression go to China. Go to Russia. It is insane to want citizens armed equally as our soldiers.

  5. Nick says:

    I don’t need an AR-15 to defend myself from government tyranny. I need it to be even with the criminals and gang-bangers.

  6. Steven says:

    as a vietnam combat vet, normal citizens don’t need assault weapons they made for war not hunting or protection ban them conficate them before more children die and God help NRA develop common sense and put life ahead of sales

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