For Immediate Release
Contact: Miles Migliara
National Communications Manager
AMVETS National Headquarters, March 4, 2019 – Prior to AMVETS annual ‘Storm the Hill’ (a week-long legislation advocacy event on Capitol Hill) meetings, the organization hired former military fellow and Navy veteran Thomas Himes to the position of National Legislative Associate.
Himes attended basic training just weeks before the attacks on September 11. After several years, his naval service brought him to the Middle East, where he served as a small boat engineer, accompanying SEAL Team 4 on search and seizure operations. He was also among those dispatched to shore up security in the aftermath of an attack on Iraq’s oil terminals.
After leaving the Navy, Himes turned to a career in journalism. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and became an investigative reporter for newspapers in Los Angeles and Florida. As waves of veterans returned home from the wars abroad, he wrote reports that drew attention to their struggles. His work exposing government corruption and injustice led to him receiving journalism awards and community recognition. It also prompted Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism to offer him a fellowship that funded his graduate studies. Himes obtained a master’s degree, producing a documentary on combat veterans with less-than-honorable discharges, and continued to work as an investigative journalist. His reporting appeared on “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” and the international broadcast program, “People and Power.”
Soon after, Himes turned to legislation, securing a fellowship with Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster. He advised the congresswoman on issues pertaining to veterans and members of the military, contributed to her oversight work for the House Committee on Veterans Affairs by investigating problems within the Department of Veterans Affairs, and spearheaded legislation designed to expand healthcare for veterans in rural areas and, separately, curb military sexual assault.
“I’m excited to join AMVETS and to continue serving veterans,” Himes said. “I look forward to applying my experience working on Capitol Hill and knowledge of veterans’ issues to lobbying lawmakers and ensuring our members, and veterans everywhere, receive the benefits and healthcare they’ve earned.”
AMVETS is the nation’s largest and oldest Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization that is open to and fights for all veterans who served honorably, including reservists & guardsmen. AMVETS has been a nonpartisan advocate for veterans and their families for more than 70 years. amvets.org