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Joseph A. Violante
Joseph A. Violante is the Legislative Director for the Washington office of the 1.2 million member Disabled American Veterans. A New Jersey native, Mr. Violante joined the Marine Corps in 1969. He served with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines and Battalion Landing Team 2/4 in Southeast Asia, and was discharged in 1972 with the rank of sergeant. Mr. Violante joined the DAV as a life member in 1982. Mr. Violante's involvement with veterans' issues reaches beyond the DAV. He was elected to the Board of the National Foundation for Women Legislators in Sept. 2001 and was a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Circuit Bar Association from 2001-04. He currently produces legislative articles for Tommy, a quarterly publication of the Veterans Law Committee, and is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and 3rd Marine Division Association. Additionally, Mr. Violante co-hosted "Veteran's Forum," a local cable television program dedicated to veteran's issues from 1991 to 1994. He attended the University of New Mexico and received a bachelor's degree in history and political science, and earned his law degree from San Fernando Valley, College of Law, in California.