The Grunt Style Foundation leaders Tim Jensen and Will Wisner speak with Veteran Service Organization’s to discuss the historic passing of The Sergeant First Class (SFC) Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act. The team is joined by U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Advaith (Adi) Thampi, Legislative Associate with American Legion. The bond between marines is unbreakable and often includes a lot of humor, listen in as Adi speaks on his time in the U.S. Marine Corps, and his current role serving as a Legislative Associate for the American Legion’s Legislative Division. Visit https://www.legion.org/ to learn how the American Legion is devoted to mutual helpfulness.
About the Veteran
Advaith “Adi” Thampi currently serves as a Legislative Associate for the American Legion’s Legislative Division. His responsibilities include representing the American Legion before Congress on all legislative matters. Along with lobbying and writing testimony for Capitol Hill, Adi works relentlessly to ensure veterans’ health care and benefits are received after discharge in a reasonable and timely manner.
After graduating high school in Bakersfield, California, Adi enlisted in the United States Marine Corps for five years and served as a crew chief on C-130s. His tours of duty included Al Asad, Iraq; Okinawa, Japan; and Kandahar, Afghanistan. During his military service, Adi served all over the world supporting missions and training exercises in Australia, Guam, Kuwait, Thailand, the Philippines, and South Korea. His military awards include a Certificate of Commendation; a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal; the Operation Iraqi Freedom Campaign Medal; the Operation Enduring Freedom Campaign Medal; and seven Air Medals.
After leaving the United States Marine Corps, Adi began to advocate for student veterans on campus and graduated from the University of California, Irvine, cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors and received his Juris Doctor from Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law.
About the Veteran Service Organization
To enhance the well-being of America's veterans, their families, our military, and our communities by our devotion to mutual helpfulness. The American Legion's vision statement is "The American Legion: Veterans Strengthening America." The American Legion's value principles are as follows:
A VETERAN IS A VETERAN - which means The American Legion embraces all current and former members of the military and endeavors to help them transition into their communities.
SELFLESS SERVICE - which means The American Legion celebrates all who contribute to something larger than themselves and inspires others to serve and strengthen America.
AMERICAN VALUES AND PATRIOTISM - which means The American Legion advocates for upholding and defending the United States Constitution, equal justice and opportunity for everyone and discrimination against no one, youth education, responsible citizenship and honoring military service by observing and participating in memorial events.
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT - which means The American Legion meets the unique needs of local communities.
ADVANCING THE VISION - which means The American Legion educates, mentors and leads new generations of Americans.
HONOR THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE US - which means The American Legion pays perpetual respect for all past military sacrifices to ensure they are never forgotten by new generations.
The American Legion's motto is "Veterans Strengthening America."