During the week of February 8th thru 12th, 2010, I was following the exploits of Ryan A. Conklin as he worked with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) to speak to members of Congress about the organization’s legislative priorities. Ryan was part of “Team Bravo”, one of seven small teams that met with various Senators, Congressmen, and their staff. Ryan’s team met with several of them, including Senator Max Baucus (shown at right with Ryan), the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.
The campaign was known as “Storm the Hill 2010“, referring to Capitol Hill, although since it occurred during the blizzard of 2010, it could also refer to a snow hill. The weather delayed Ryan a little on his journey to Washington but eventually he made it and was able to do his job convincing Congress of the importance of the IAVA’s legislation.
To help support the cause, I made a contribution to the campaign through the IAVA’s website. The contribution choices were labeled as certain types of goods and the one I chose was “a full day of meals” for a participant. So theoretically I fed Ryan for a day.
Besides the whole thing being a worthy endeavor, it also provided an opportunity for Ryan to show how dapper he looks in his dark suit.