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How this Massachusetts woman is getting more military veterans elected

from Boston Patch

When Emily Cherniack saw an ad for a job that read "Get up, get coffee and change the world" she took it literally. She answered a call to help underserved Boston public school kids through a program called City Year AmeriCorps. A few years later she was tapped to run the Senate campaign of her boss at City Year, Alan Khazei. Khazei lost. But Cherniack succeeded in finding her next calling. She formed New Politics to help national service alumni and military veterans get elected to office — in the tradition of John Kerry, John McCain and John F. Kennedy. "Before 1970, over 75 percent of congress had service backgrounds," says Cherniack. Today, she says, that number is at an all-time low. more


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