COLUMBIA, Mo. — U.S. Senate candidate Attorney General Josh Hawley announced his Veterans Advisory Council today, composed of brave Missouri men and women who proudly served our country. The Veterans Advisory Council’s support symbolizes Hawley’s commitment to ensuring that American military members and veterans receive the honor and support they deserve.
“Our veterans are American heroes. I am thankful for their support on our Veterans Advisory Council, but more importantly, I am grateful for their service to our country,” said Josh Hawley. “They put their lives on the line in defense of our country, our ideals and our freedom. We are forever indebted to them and their families.”
Colonel Jack Jackson — United States Marine Corps
A highly decorated veteran, Col. Jack flew over 600 combat missions in Vietnam and has been awarded countless medals and awards. In 2002, he was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives, where he chaired the Veterans Committee and the Joint Committee on Terrorism, Bioterrorism, and Homeland Security.
Lieutenant Commander Lesley Hawley – MD FAAD, United States Navy
After receiving her Doctor of Medicine Degree, Lesley spent nine years active duty with the U.S. Navy, performing laser surgeries for fellow officers and engaging in humanitarian efforts across the world. Over the last three years, she served as Staff Dermatologist in Norfolk, VA. As the Laser Department Chair for Dermatology, LCDR Hawley performed close to 500 laser surgery treatments for scar contractures and burn injuries in wounded warriors, dependents, and veterans who sustained traumatic injuries both at home and abroad. She has been awarded two Navy commendation medals, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and two meritorious unit commendation medals.
Members of the Veterans Advisory Council:
Jim Bland, Missouri Army National Guard
Calvin Broughton, Missouri Army National Guard
J.W. “Bucky” Buckner, United States Army
Jim Cantrell, United States Air Force
Joseph Cornelison, United States Army
Charles Dickinson, United States Army
Glen Dyer, United States Marine Corps
Mike Fouler, Missouri Army National Guard
Tom Hale, United States Navy
Jalesia McQueen, United States Army
Blair Moran, United States Army
Robert Osborn, United States Army
Charles Patrick, United States Air Force
Richard Smith, United States Navy
Turner Tyson, United States Army
Robert Westfall, United States Army
“Josh understands the importance of recognizing and respecting those who have served,” said co-chair Colonel Jack Jackson. “This group is composed of veterans from different branches and backgrounds. We’re honored to fight for Josh Hawley and bring attention to veterans’ issues—issues that Sen. McCaskill has neglected for years.”