Lieutenant Colonel Garrison served for over 25 years in the Army National Guard as a Field Artillery and Military Intelligence officer,
including a combat deployment as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
"Taking veterans’ issues to the next level requires permanent and effective structure at the highest levels. Congressional
authorization for the establishment of a National Veterans Council within the White House would place veterans’ policy as a first-tier priority within the administration and more effectively coordinate a
whole of government effort. The National Veterans Council would be chaired by a Veterans Services Adviser that would provide direction and continuity to the White House veterans’ services staff. Finally,
a President’s Advisory Board on Veterans Affairs would give veterans’ organizations and veterans’ advocates an opportunity to shape
veterans’ policy at the highest levels of government."