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

Fighting the Ban on Transgender Military Service

  UPDATE: On April 12, 2019, the ban on transgender members of the military has been reinstated, reversing the 2016 policy permitting servicemembers to serve openly, regardless of their gender identity. Openly transgender servicemembers face bars to reenlistment, promotions, job assignments, and potentially discharge. New recruits who are openly transgender......

We Did It! Preserving Lifesaving PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Program for Veterans in New York State!

  3/31/19 UPDATE: Thanks to you taking action these last few days, today the New York State legislature put forward an appropriations bill that FULLY FUNDS the PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Services Peer-to-Peer program, avoiding deep cuts that seemed imminent only hours ago. This means veterans at risk for......