Veteran PSA Tells Voters: Don’t Just Thank, Vote!
WASHINGTON (Oct. 14, 2016) — As a tangible way to honor those who fought to defend their freedoms, Americans are being encouraged to perform their civic responsibility just days before Veterans Day in a new national PSA from Got Your 6 and issue-driven media company ATTN:
The PSA launched a nonpartisan campaign “Don’t Just Thank, Vote!” featuring actors and veterans Rob Riggle, David Eigenberg, and J.W. Cortes, actors Tom Arnold and Joe Manganiello, and supporters of the veteran empowerment organization Got Your 6.
Through the online fundraising platform Omaze, “Don’t Just Thank, Vote!” t-shirts are being sold for $25 each to raise funds and awareness to support the campaign.
“We know that veterans are more engaged in the democratic process, but even if all 21.8 million veterans were to cast a ballot in November, we still wouldn’t reverse the downward trend in voter participation,” said Iraq War veteran and Got Your 6 Executive Director Bill Rausch. “Got Your 6 believes that voting is the most basic civic responsibility, and that disengagement is a sign of faltering community health. As veterans, we feel it is our responsibility to lead from the front by challenging Americans to not just thank us for our service, but to honor every veteran by voting.”
According to U.S. Census Bureau data, 70 percent of registered veterans voted in the 2012 presidential election, compared with 60.9 percent of registered non-veterans. A recent report by Got Your 6 demonstrates that that gap is even more profound in local elections, with 15 percent higher voting rates for veterans over their non-veteran counterparts.
Not only are veterans statistically more likely to vote this Election Day, they are also uniquely positioned to encourage non-veterans to do the same.
The “Don’t Just Thank, Vote!” PSA acknowledges that voter turnout in the United States is among the worst of all developed nations. To increase the voting rate on Nov. 8, the veteran-driven campaign challenges all citizens to show their support of the men and women who wore the uniform through actions, not just words.
Viewers are directed to Got Your 6’s voter registration and reminder portal gotyour6.org/impacts/impact-vote/. In partnership with TurboVote, the site allows users to receive election reminders, get registered to vote, and apply for absentee ballots.
The video PSA is being released exclusively by ATTN: and can be seen here.
ATTN: is also working to encourage voter participation through their 3 Minutes video campaign featured on attn.com/vote, where people are able to register and view an infographic with the final date to register to vote in each of the 50 states.
About Got Your 6
Got Your 6 is a national campaign dedicated to empowering veterans and strengthening communities across the nation. The campaign unites cross-sector partners who believe that veterans are uniquely suited to tackle society’s most pressing challenges. Got Your 6 believes that veterans are best served when they continue their service here at home. As a coalition, Got Your 6 integrates these perspectives into popular culture, brings together veterans and non-veterans in order to foster understanding, and empowers veterans to lead a resurgence of community here at home.
ATTN: is an issues-driven media company. Our mission is to deliver engaging content to a mobile-first audience. Every day we produce videos, articles and commentary telling stories worth your attention. In just two years, with no paid growth, ATTN:’s content receives more than two billion monthly impressions and over 400 million monthly video views.
Founded by writer/filmmakers and friends from college, Matt Pohlson and Ryan Cummins, Omaze is an online fundraising platform that leverages the power of storytelling and technology to radically change charitable giving. Omaze offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences and exclusive merchandise to support nonprofits around the world. Since launching in 2012, Omaze has impacted more than 200 charities and received donations from over 175 countries. For more information visit omaze.com.