AK Leg. Veterans Caucus press release: Co-Chairs Announce New Caucus Staff Hire
Former U.S. Army Captain Aaron Schroeder replaces Josh Tempel as liaison
Juneau, Alaska – The Alaska Legislature’s Veterans Caucus Co-Chairs today formally announced the hiring of a new staff liaison. Aaron Schroeder, a former US. Army Captain, takes over the position staffing the bipartisan and bicameral caucus from Josh Tempel. Tempel, a former Marine, left last summer to pursue his education. Schroeder started work March 1, and will oversee the coordination of veterans’ events, legislation and policy issues in addition to acting as a liaison between the caucus and local, state and federal officials.
“I think it’s very important that we continue to take care of our veterans and the Veterans Service Officers who look out for them,” House Co-Chair Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines, said. “Captain Schroeder is a combat veteran who’s received high marks for his service and dedication, and we look forward to him bringing those leadership traits to the Legislature on our issues.”
“I welcome Captain Schroeder on board, and look forward to working closely with him on a wide range of veterans’ issues,” Senate Co-Chair Sen. Charlie Huggins, R-Mat-Su, said. “We made good progress through the Veterans’ Caucus over the past two years in laying groundwork and responding to on-going, even chronic issues facing our men and women who have served the nation. When a young man or woman puts on our nation’s uniform, it changes them for the better. When they go into combat, however, that often brings long-lasting changes that can be difficult for them to deal with. It is our mission, through the Veterans’ caucus, to improve the interface with state government for those veterans, and that will be the essence of Captain Schroeder’s work here.”
Schroeder served as a Captain in the U.S. Army’s 1st Squadron, 10th Calvary Regiment, 4th Infantry Division (1-10 Cav, 4th ID.) and has extensive experience from 2005-2010 including a Rear Detachment Commander, Executive Officer, Squadron Logistics Officer and Platoon Leader, receiving a Bronze Star following his deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He received his Bachelor’s degree in History from Eastern Washington University in 2005.