Originally posted on December 30, 2015
Meet Marine @AlexanderMcCoy4 headed to DC with our team!
My name is Alex McCoy, and I grew up in a military family before settling in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. After graduating high school, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After three years assigned to Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, I volunteered and was selected for embassy duty as an opportunity to deploy overseas. I completed year-long deployments in Saudi Arabia, Honduras, and Germany before being discharged honorably as a Sergeant after 6 years of service. Since separating from the military, I have engaged in passionate advocacy in support of other veterans. I have briefed elected officials in my home state of Rhode Island on how to adjust the policies and procedures of the public university system to better fit returning veterans' needs, particularly wounded veterans managing disabilities. As the Veterans Outreach Director for a Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate, I co-authored the candidate's veterans policy platform, including reforms specifically targeted towards veterans with less-than-honorable discharges. As a student at Columbia University, I've continued my advocacy, lobbying members of Congress for legislation which would result in better data on outcomes for transitioning veterans. I have worked for various organizations as a communications specialist, handling interactions with the press and developing effective messaging.