Leo Dunson is a Political Activist and decorated Iraq War Veteran. Leo graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, receiving a B.A. in Political Science. Mr. Dunson served in the United States Army, Infantry, obtaining the rank of Sergeant and deploying to Iraq with the 172nd Stryker Brigade. Leo Dunson has appeared on several news media outlets to include NRATV, CNN, Fox News, Huff Post, BreitBart, the Associated Press and many other major news media outlets.
Nevada, I Want To Represent You
A high ranking Republican official asked me, “Leo what have you done.” It struck me as odd, I figured he was looking for the typical politician answer, you know the one where they said “I’ve built three businesses, I graduated magna cum laude, I have an 800 credit score, I’ve never had a mental breakdown, I have no credit card debt and I’ve never even gotten a speeding ticket.” Those were not my responses, I answered “I’ve done a lot of things, I’ve worked for several businesses from the United States Army, to a Security Guard, to a nightclub promoter, I’m a Veteran who struggled (struggles) with PTSD, it took me 5 years off and on (maybe more) to graduate college, working and going to school at the same time. I currently have student loan debt right now, I do not have an 800 credit score it’s closer to low, very low 700, I had a foreclosure on my first home years ago, and when I was younger I’ve been in a few bar fights or two.” He said you don’t have much leadership experience at all, why are you running for Congress.” I explained that I’m not running for Congress to lead Americans, I am running to Represent them.
Everything that I outlined above and much more, many Nevadans and Americans have experienced, the average FICO score in America is 695, the average American household carries $16,061 in credit card debt, the National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 16.2 million U.S. adults had at least one major depressive (PTSD) episode in 2016. There is currently approximately $1.3 trillion of outstanding student loan debt in the U.S. that affects about 44 million Americans who had an average outstanding loan balance of $37,172. Ask yourself Nevadans, who do you want voting on bills Representing YOU, related to student loans, criminal justice reform, the high cost of healthcare, Mental Health legislation, Military Spending, Government Regulations, 2nd Amendment, and economic prosperity initiatives.
I am not running to preside over you Nevada. I am not the Perfect Representative, but I am a Perfect Representation of most Americans. I’ve experienced the lives of most Americans. Once I am in Congress I will take those experiences with me. Like most Americans I have skeletons in my closet, like most Americans I have been knocked down many times. I even fell to the bottom of our economic society, as I was once homeless for a time. However, like most Americans, who believe in hard work, blood, sweat and tears, I got back up. I am not a Perfect Representative, but I am Perfect Representation of the ups and downs of the American life and how you can survive if you persevere.
“We” Americans are always complaining about how Congress is so out of touch with the people. That’s because “We” Americans keep electing people to represent us, who do not represent us. It’s no wonder the cost of milk keeps going up and up, it’s no wonder your daughter is using the same restroom as your son. We elect candidates of the elite class all the time. This time I’m asking you to elect a Man from, for and by the people.
Leo Dunson went to basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia joining the U.S. Army in 2003.(BCT) consist of several weeks of intense training designed to hone your skills; teach you new skills, optimize your physical and mental performance. After (BCT) Dunson went to(AIT) briefly taught him what it would be like to be an infantry man. They briefly covered room clearing techniques (MOUT), a few Battle drills, individual Movements, a couple formations and a few more briefly covered Infantry tactics says Dunson. After AIT he was off to his Duty Station in Fort Wainwright, Alaska. Where he was placed in the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. Dunson trained with his unit for a year and a half, before being deployed to Iraq in August 2005. The unit deployed to Mosul, Iraq. Duties of the unit during deployment included numerous patrol operations, searches for weapons caches, and counterinsurgency operations. Dunson was promoted to Sergeant in Country effective date 1 July 2006. The 172nd Stryker Brigade along with Dunsons’ tour was to have ended on 27 July 2006, but the U.S. Army unexpectedly extended the deployment until the end of November 2006. During the extension, the unit was sent to Baghdad to quell growing sectarian violence concerns. The infamous extension of the deployment had happened after some of the units of the Brigade were already touched down at their home base of Ft Wainwright, AK, forcing them to fly back to staging areas in Iraq. The extension occurred after the unit’s regular 12-month tour was complete, making the deployment last for a total of 16 months. As a result of the unit’s action in Iraq, the brigade was awarded the Valorous Unit Award. Dunson re-enlisted in Iraq completing his first full term of service. He also attended (WLC) previously called Professional Leadership Development Course (PLDC) in Fort Richardson, Alaska in September 2007. Dunson Honorably discharged out of the Military effective April 2008.