Session Speaker


 Brandon Friedman

Brandon Friedman

Director of Online Communications
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

As VA’s Director of Online Communications, Brandon Friedman is responsible for devising, implementing, and overseeing the Department’s emerging media strategy. Before joining VA, Brandon worked for several years in politics communicating defense, foreign policy, and Veterans issues throughout the media. Prior to that, Brandon served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan and Iraq. In March 2002, he led a rifle platoon into Afghanistan's Shah-e-Kot Valley during the intense fighting that enveloped Operation Anaconda. A year later, Brandon commanded a heavy weapons platoon during the invasion of Iraq—eventually leading troops during combat and counterinsurgency operations in Hillah, Baghdad, and Tal Afar. After leaving active duty, Brandon authored the combat memoir The War I Always Wanted, and has since had pieces featured by a number of publications from The New York Times and The Guardian to The Huffington Post and The White House Blog. Brandon has been interviewed and quoted by ABC News, the Associated Press, Fox News, BBC, The Washington Post, Stars and Stripes, Politico, and many other media outlets. He has appeared as a guest on CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN, as well as on dozens of radio programs across the country. Brandon holds an MPA from the University of Texas at Dallas, a BA from LSU in Shreveport, and he is a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project.

Event Information

March 20, 2012
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The Willard InterContinental Hotel
Washington DC

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