Kristen Rouse

Kristen Rouse

Kristen L. RousePresident & Founding Director

Kristen L. Rouse has served as both non-commissioned officer and commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, and Army National Guard for more than 23 years. She served in Afghanistan in 2006, 2010, and 2012, for a combined 31 months in country. Her roles have included mission planning for resupply convoys to remote combat outposts in eastern Afghanistan and working directly with the Afghan National Army. Her civilian experience has included creating regional and citywide logistics plans and programs for NYC’s Office of Emergency Management and teaching literature and writing as an adjunct professor. She has written on veteran and military issues for The New York Times, New York Post, Daily Beast, Tampa Bay Times, and other publications, and spoken about her experience as a veteran and her service in Afghanistan on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, and NPR. Her experiences following her return from her third tour of duty led her to get involved in veterans organizations in New York City and to address the needs she still saw in the community by founding the NYC Veterans Alliance. Originally from Florida, she claims New York as home and lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Kristen's Latest

Congress: Pay Our Defenders!

  If you serve in four branches of our nation's uniformed services--the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Air Force--you are receiving pay during the current federal shutdown. But if you're serving in uniform in the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health Service, and NOAA to defend......

Update: Fair Fares for Student Veterans

  Last June, Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Corey Johnson announced that the "Fair Fares" policy would go into effect on January 1, 2019, providing half-price Metrocards for approximately 800,000 New Yorkers in need of transit fare relief, to include more than 12,000 veterans enrolled in NYC colleges. It's......