Joint Legislative Veterans Caucus Welcomes Eric Hollen
Hollen served as a Ranger in the Army and competed in the Paralympic Games
JUNEAU — Today, Senate President Charlie Huggins (R-Wasilla), co-chair of the Alaska Legislative Veterans Caucus, welcomed Eric Hollen to his staff as Veterans Affairs Specialist.
The Veterans Caucus, co-chaired by Rep. Steve Thompson (R-Fairbanks) is made up of members of the House and Senate, and legislative staff. Formed in 2007, the aim of the caucus is to promote and address the issues and needs of those who have served our nation and state. As caucus staff, Mr. Hollen will be available on a one-on-one basis to the many well-established veterans’ organizations throughout Alaska.
“Eric Hollen has dedicated his life to serving his country,” said Senator Huggins. “He was a proud Ranger in the U.S. Army and later, after sustaining a life-altering injury, went on to represent the United States in shooting at the 2012 Paralympic Games.”
Hollen strives to help newly injured veterans through a program called the Care Coalition, which supports injured Special Operations soldiers. He intends to apply his experience and expertise to Alaska and is currently working on his masters in social work counseling.
“My special interest is working with those who have suffered a catastrophic life-changing injury,” said Hollen. “I believe that if we shine a light of optimism by focusing on the potential to find success after a catastrophic, life-changing injury through athletics and academics, then we can help the injured establish new goals.”
Hollen is the father of aspiring Junior Olympian Payten Hollen, a first year J-3 ski racer with Team Breckinridge and a day-use athlete at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.