National Leadership

I am Don Johnson

National Chair

Donald M. JohnsonBiography Born: 06/05/1945, Concord, MA I lived around New England and eventually graduated Concord Carlisle HS in 1964. I had joined the Naval Reserve in 1962. So attempted college after graduating. A most incredible failure. So I went on active duty. I was sent to Fleet Sonar School, Key West NS, FL. I progressed from A School to B School, finally graduating from C School in June of 1966. I re-enlisted into the regular Navy and was assigned to Sea Duty on the USS Ault, DD698 for the next 5 years. The ship served in the Tonkin Gulf providing escort and coastal gunfire support for the Southeast Asian US Naval Fleet. We served several coastal mission and took hostile fire at least 4 times. In 1971 my enlistment expired and I left the Navy as an E-5. I enlisted immediately in the US Air Force and completed 22yrs and 2 months service and retired in July of 1985. From there I performed System Engineering and Program Management for a Contract Support company for 5 yrs. In 1990, I graduated Franklin Pierce College with a Cum Laude Bachelors degree in Business Management. My company laid me off when the industry was reduced, so I did some Contractor Support freelance work writing proposals for bid. Engineering system support was for communications and security systems. Program support included managing 2 MilSpec technical manual programs. From 1991 to 2010 I drove commercial semis with a CDL-A license. I logged approximate 1.7 million miles, accident free 1 year nationwide then the rest all over New England and New York. I got married in 1968 after returning from Vietnam and we had 2 children. 1st - daughter, Aug. 29, 1971; 2nd - son Jan. 24, 1976. Now son is married and has a son and daughter. My first wife passed away from a stroke in Jun. of 2011. I have since remarried in 2013 to my dear Pat. We drive for Enterprise part time 3 days a week. My family goes back as all of our families do for centuries. My parent's family's have been researched and the result is a direct connection a number of significant contributors to our founders and the documents they gave us. All that precedes is to convey the depth of my commitment to this country. I have watched the decline of both parties and their lack of focus on what is best for the country to where we are today. Clinton's personal foibles drove me to run for the New Hampshire state Senate in the 1996. I lost, but during that time I wrote a multi media presentation titled "Citizenship For Better America". Now consider my surprise, and delight when in December of 2013 someone suggested a new party. I joined the fray with deep interest and delight and was privileged to provide some level of input. My reason was simple: I belive, as my family has for generations, in this country and what it stands for. Maybe we have strayed, or lost our collective sense of direction, but our cornerstone of founding documents are firmly grounded and well entrenched. The rapid growth of this party - faster than any previous party ever - indicates 2 things to me. 1. The tremendous dedication and effort of the founders and the party leaders at all levels. 2. The incredibly rapid growth due to the same love of country of our fellow countrymen. If I can, in some way, contribute further to the country by serving the party then I will gladly, humbly, and proudly give it my best shot.

I am Carla Hegge

National Vice Chair

The Veterans Party of America National Vice Chair is Carla Hegge. Born in Falmouth, Massachusetts, she has lived in Wisconsin since 1970 and graduated from Deforest High School. Carla worked as an inventory control specialist for 26 years. Currently, she works as a manager of a convenience store/gas station and has helped grow the store from $2 million a year in sales to almost $5 million a year. Carla is married with four children and two grandchildren. For that reason, she is passionate about her role in continuing to grow the VPA. She joined in November of 2015 as the state chair for Wisconsin and helped work on ballot access for the 2016 election cycle. In November of 2016, she was elected as Northern Region Member at Large and continued to work on VPA growth in her region which included seven states. Carla's goal as National Vice Chair is to continue to help the VPA grow across the United States while upholding its core values and mission statement. The passion and commitment by the all-volunteer members in each state have kept her hopeful the VPA will continue to gain prestige across the country, and she is highly motivated to help in that goal. Above all, she promotes the integrity of the party and will not hesitate to hold someone accountable for actions that go against its core values.

I am Dennis Huard

National Treasurer

I am James Blythe

National Secretary

A retired systems developer, James' political awareness began in the late 1950's as a too-young reader of books by Heinlein, Nietzsche, Kant, Dante, Machiavelli, L'Amour, countless others - and more Heinlein. By the mid-1970's James had added his own experiences and observations to his education and has been an activist for personal liberty and its commensurate personal responsibility ever since. Over the years he has helped create and organize local affiliates of "that other third party"  and assisted in Dr. Ron Paul's presidential campaigns. His disillusionment with that party also grew over the years, however, and James resigned himself to being a solitary practitioner of liberty shortly after the 2012 elections. Then he stumbled upon the VPA, liked what he saw, and volunteered in early February 2014; serving first as State Chair pro tempore in Arkansas, then as National Chief of Staff. Unfortunately, serious health issues intervened shortly after, and James was side-lined while dealing with them. After a successful battle back to relatively good health, James returned to the fray, once again assuming the position of Arkansas Chair pro tempore for the VPA earlier this year. An on again/off again blogger, unrepentant book addict, and general gad-fly to The Establishment for over forty years, James has no plans of stopping anytime soon.

I am George Westrup

Chief Technology Officer

I am Beverly Baker

National Executive Admin

I have been married for 33 years to the same loving man. I have 2 grown children and 3 beautiful Grandchildren. It is for my Grandchildren and their children that I devote the majority of my time to the Veterans Party of America. We must save our Great Country for future generations. I do not ever want my grandchildren to ask me: Grammy, what was it like to have Freedom? We must make the changes now before it is too late for our country to be saved. The two party system has become one party. They NO LONGER represent WE THE PEOPLE. It is time for a new party to be part of our Government to restore the true checks and balances. To make sure WE THE PEOPLE are the interests of our Government. Big businesses, lobbyist nor foreign government should be catered to before the AMERICAN PEOPLE. My parents raised me to love my country and respect my Government. But when my Government stops respecting me and stops representing me, it is time for a change. We elect THEM the REPRESENT US, NOT EVERYONE ELSE BUT US.

Don Johnson

Don Johnson

National Chair

Don Johnson

National Chair

Carla Hegge

Carla Hegge

National Vice Chair

Carla Hegge

National Vice Chair

Dennis Huard

Dennis Huard

National Treasurer

Dennis Huard

National Treasurer

James Blythe

James Blythe

National Secretary

James Blythe

National Secretary

George Westrup

George Westrup

Chief Technology Officer

George Westrup

Chief Technology Officer

Beverly Baker

Beverly Baker

National Executive Admin

Beverly Baker

National Executive Admin