[Podcast] #17: Joe Chenelly – Marine Veteran, AMVETS National Executive Director


This Week at VA episode 17 features Marine Corps Veteran Joe Chenelly. Joe currently serves as the National Executive Director for AMVETS.

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Joe enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in March 1998, serving with the 1st Marine Division, and was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in April 2006. He is a combat veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, having served in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Kuwait, East Timor and the Horn of Africa.

Covered in Episode 17:

  • Hiring freeze exemptions
  • Interview with Marine Veteran Joe Chenelly
    • Joining the Marines
    • Experiencing 9/11 attacks in the military
    • Becoming a Veterans advocate
    • AMVETS mission and Joe’s efforts there
    • Addressing suicide as a person and as an organization
  • Supporting VSOs in your community
  • #VeteranOfTheDay Navy Veteran Norris Taylor

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Timothy Lawson

Timothy Lawson has been a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since April 2016 and is the host of VA’s official podcast, Borne the Battle. He graduated from American University’s School of Communications in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tim is a Marine Corps Veteran having served as a Marine Security Guard posted at embassies in Algeria, Russia, and Peru.