Ronald D. Scott, U.S. Navy, Retired, served on active duty from 1955 to 1975, and is a founding member of Veterans and Military Families for Progress. After retiring, he continued to serve the Navy as a Navy Junior ROTC instructor from 1975 to 1996. He received a BA in political science from the University of Wisconsin and earned two Masters degrees (MA and MALD) in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy while on active duty. He became interested in veterans affairs in 2002 and 2003 when, during the conflict in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks and the buildup toward the invasion of Iraq, he became aware of administration proposals to actually reduce the budget of the Veterans Administration. This made no apparent sense, and he subsequently became involved in supporting Senator Kerry’s candidacy in 2004 and then, in 2005, the creation of Veterans and Military Families for Progress as a non-partisan advocacy group for veteran and military family issues. He served for five years as Chair of the VMFP Government Affairs Committee (2008-2012).