Veterans Stand Team

 
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Michael A. Wood Jr.

Michael is a veteran of the USMC, retired Baltimore police sergeant, PhD candidate through Capella University, leader in police reform with the Civilian Led Police Model, and the founder of Veterans Stand. He is an activist, strongly advocating for those oppressed by social injustices, and he fights with determination and compassion for the rights of all citizens. 

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Anthony Diggs

Anthony Diggs believes that life is a lot like jazz, and that freedom is a lot like romance. He is veteran of the USMC, a forward-thinking business developer and self-proclaimed master of love. In his free time, he enjoys playing the piano and organizing acts of civil disobedience.

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CHRIS DUESING

Former US Army Infantry Captain. Chris entered service as an ROTC graduate from Virginia Tech with a major in History. After two deployments to the Balkans and serving at the platoon, company and battalion level in response to the 1990’s widespread genocide in the region he transitioned to the National Guard. Establishing their airport security missions across the country as part of Operation Noble Eagle in response to 9/11. Chris deployed his rifle company to Guantanamo Bay in Nov 2002 in support of the Global War On Terror and subsequently retired. He remains committed to service. Chris’s post military experience has included experience in customer engagement and sales so he was a natural fit to lead the S3 Operations for the Standing Rock mission that created Veterans Stand. His team drove the AAR and post mission operations to connect other groups and organizations to Standing Rock. Chris remains focused on development of framework and leadership structure for future missions and programs. Currently living in North Carolina, Chris comes from a large family but is poppa to 4 lively critters who often pop up on team calls to say hi. He’s a a fan of most things on two or four wheels and has a few projects in the works at all times. While he claims to be a bit of a hermit, Chris brings a unique perspective on the issues many veterans face during and post transition and through this has influenced the vision of Veterans Stand as an organization.

THOMAS ETIENNE

Assigned to pursue a life of service, Thomas Etienne joined the United States Army in 2006 in order to contribute to our nation’s defense amid an era increasingly defined by the consequences of ambitious globalization. Combining an education in international affairs with wartime military experience afforded Thomas a ground level view of how geopolitical power is applied in the 21st century. Yet in spite of serving eight honorable years in the foremost fighting force in human history, the stark outcome of his time in uniform was a more uncertain and dangerous security environment for Americans to confront abroad and at home. Thomas separated from the military in late 2015 and continues in a spirit of service towards safeguarding a prosperous future for our citizens and other people of goodwill.

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MARIE DELUS

Marie Delus is a vested employee, Deputy Agency Chief Contracting Officer, in New York City government for over twenty four years.  She is the president of T "Flip" R, LLC whose mission is to assist not-for-profit organizations, small businesses, and corporations with their community, national and international charitable initiatives.  She is also an active volunteer for several organizations including the American Red Cross; Municipal Chapter of New York City Managerial Employees Association (Director-at-Large); and a volunteer of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Greater New York Chapter (Local Community Outreach Coordinator).  Marie is a United States Marine Corp Veteran of Desert Storm and also a supporter of the 2nd Amendment.   She has traveled back and forth to Washington DC and Albany as an advocate for gun safety.