Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Contact: Kevin Flannery, (573) 526-0949
Kander to Participate in Google Hangout with Veterans
Jefferson City, Mo. — Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander will participate in a Google Hangout with fellow veterans at noon on Monday, August 12, to share his experiences serving as a Military Intelligence Officer in Afghanistan, returning to civilian life and highlighting the unique skills former service members bring to the workplace. Hosted by Veterans United, based in Columbia, the Google Hangout will be broadcast online for the general public and, in particular, the Veterans United Network of former members of the armed services.
Within his first 100 days in office, Kander signed the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Pledge, affirming his commitment to support military employees at the secretary of state’s office. Additionally, Kander launched the Business Outreach Office to highlight community resources available to Missouri entrepreneurs and help small business owners navigate the filing requirements of state government. Kander, along with representatives of the Business Outreach Office, have met with Missourians at veterans career fairs, local chambers of commerce and community groups across the state.
Kander’s commitment to joining the armed forces took root on September 11, 2001, when, as a student at American University in Washington, D.C., he saw and felt the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the United States. He later enlisted in the Army National Guard and served in an infantry unit. After successfully pursuing a commission as a Military Intelligence Officer, he volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan, where he investigated groups and individuals suspected of corruption, espionage, drug trafficking, and facilitating Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Upon his return, Kander was assigned as a combat leadership instructor in the Missouri Army National Guard’s Officer Candidate School at Fort Leonard Wood.
Kander was sworn in as Missouri’s 39th secretary of state in January 2013. At 32, he is America’s youngest statewide elected official.
Visit www.sos.mo.gov to learn more about the Office of the Missouri Secretary of State.