Defense, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee

The Chamber’s Defense, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee is focused on promoting and connecting the defense industry, veterans and their families, and military installations for the betterment of the regional economy and community. With major partners from the defense industry, non-profits specializing in veteran affairs, and government agencies among others, the committee engages in every component of the military and veterans spectrum, with special attention paid to the well-being of veterans as a substantial component of the regional workforce.

The Chamber’s Veteran Honor Roll program, led by the Defense, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee, recognizes businesses who hire veterans, military spouses, National Guard and reservists. Click here for more information on the program.

The Defense, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. in the Chamber office located at 402 West Broadway, Suite 1000.

If you’re interested in learning more about our policy committees or would like to join the Defense, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee, contact Sophie Barnhorst at sbarnhorst@sdchamber.org.

2018 Focus Statement:

The Chamber’s Defense, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee is focused on promoting and connecting the defense industry, veterans and their families, and military installations for the betterment of the regional economy and community.

2018 Policy Platform:

The Chamber’s Defense, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee is committed to legislation that:

  • Protects and expands our defense industry, and businesses that focus on military members, veterans, and their families
    • Supports the defense ecosystem (businesses that are engaged in defense-related work that you might not otherwise assume)
  • Supports programs for veterans, including those that promote job placement and retention
  • Supports appropriate compensation and minimizing taxes and fees for veterans, military members, and their families
  • Promotes the healthcare-military nexus

In addition, the committee is committed to:

  • Supporting our partners’ efforts in protecting the military and defense communities
  • Communicating importance of our regional military economy and key policy issues affecting it

Current committee members

Chair: Sean Mahoney
Vice Chair: Daniel Hazard

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