National Executive Director

National Executive Director, Matthew Cary

Matthew Cary, U.S. Army Reserves (1969-1975) is a founding member of Veterans and Military Families for Progress (VMFP). Mr. Cary was the first elected President of the national organization in 2005 and was re-elected to a second term in 2007. He is a Vietnam Veteran and served in a Combat Engineer Unit and the 354th Civil Affairs Unit. Professionally, he is the President of Cary & Associates, a Washington, D.C. based Government Relations and International Marketing Consulting Firm since 1986. The Firm represents state and local governments and non-profit organizations on policy, legislative and programmatic issues with the Congress and Federal Agencies.

Matt has over 39 years experience in government relations and advocacy with the Federal government as the owner of a small business, and as a former employee of a New York Governor, seven City Mayors, a Trade Association, and a U.S. Congressman. He holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from American University and a BA Degree from St. Bonaventure University.

He has authored two major policy documents to help veterans and their families with the “Coming Home Issues ” and started his veterans advocacy as a volunteer for the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.