About

DISAMBIGUATION NOTICE: This is the webpage for Veterans for Common Sense (VCS), a 501(c)(3) veterans service organization (VSO) based in Washington, DC – not to be confused with the Veterans Coalition for Common Sense or Florida Veterans for Common Sense or the “Florida Veterans for Common Sense Fund”.

In Brief

Veterans for Common Sense, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt veterans service organization (VSO). Most contributions to VCS are fully 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.

VCS is an all-volunteer organization.  VCS does not engage in partisan political activity of any kind.  VCS does not employ or retain any paid or compensated lobbyists or employees who perform lobbying activities.

Issues We Work On — VCS’s efforts include:

  • VA Access — Ensuring veterans have appropriate access to VA healthcare, benefits, and services when and where they are needed
  • VA Accountability — Ensuring VA is held accountable for the veterans it was created to serve in effectiveness, efficiency, transparency, and conformity with the law and veterans needs
  • DoD Accountability — Ensuring DoD is held accountable for the troops under its control, including adequate and appropriate force protection on and off the battlefield
  • Fixing and Fully Funding the VA — Ensuring the VA is modernized, adequately and appropriately staffed, and fully funded
  • Opposing VA privatization
  • Suicide — Improving veteran and military suicide prevention, education, and understanding
  • Toxic Exposures — Ensuring justice for veterans with Toxic Exposures during their military service, including:
    • Claims — Ensuring approval of their VA claims for service-connection;
    • Treatment Research — Supporting medical research aimed at providing them with evidence-based medical treatments;
    • Healthcare — Ensuring medical research is translated into effective, readily available, evidence-based treatment in VA and military health facilities; and
    • Accountability — Ensuring a full public accounting for all the effects and costs of toxic exposures; and
    • Never Again — Ensuring lessons learned to protect military servicemembers from future toxic exposures
  • DoD/VA Medical Research — Ensuring military and VA medical research is aimed at improving the health and lives of affected troops and veterans and not at attempting to disavow government responsibility for their adverse health outcomes
  • Veterans Education — Ensuring VA G.I. Bill funds are not wasted via for-profit or other education entities that target G.I. Bill recipients but fraudulently fail to provide educational outcomes required for certification, transferability of credits, etc.
  • Costs of War — Ensuring government officials, the media, and the public fully understand all the costs of war
  • Laws of War — Ensuring the legacy of WWII veterans is preserved through a full understanding of and adherence to the international laws of warfare created as a direct result of and to help preserve their hard-won victory — including outlawing torture
  • Smart Power — Enhancing understanding of the immense value of strategic foreign aid (“smart power”)

What We Do — VCS engages in:

  • Gathering, analyzing, developing, and publicizing data regarding issues we work on including through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests
  • 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
  • Testifying before Congress, governmental, quasi-governmental, national health, and other public entities
  • Legislative and regulatory advising
  • Serving as a representative of VCS on federal advisory committees and similar government bodies
  • Sponsoring consumer reviewers for DoD medical research review panels
  • Joining in lawsuits to force government agencies to follow the law
  • Participating in Coalitions and with partner organizations that further shared objectives

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.

10 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:

    Odette,

    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.

      Glenn
      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

  7. Frank Edward Bales says:

    I’ve been fighting the VA since 2004. They continue to do what ever illegal action against me with my appeals time after time even though I have an attorney. Recently they closed several of my appeals and requests for a increase without notifying me or my attorney. Then I find on VA.gov that they closed 3 of my appeals and the reasons why because the veteran is deceased. My attorney says nothing to me when I brought this to there attention. On and on this type of thing has happened. What can I do? I no longer have faith in my attorney.

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