Founding of VSC


In November 2016, Chris Duesing was one of the first few veterans asked to help mobilize veterans from around the country in a movement to protect indigenous and allied citizens as they peacefully protested the Dakota Access Pipeline. Within days, Brandon Boucher and Pate Hudson were recruited to support operations and logistics.  Thirty days later, thousands of veterans assembled on Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota.

At that time, it had been 90 years since veterans from across the country were mobilized to protect the constitutional and human rights of a group of American citizens.

As a result of Veterans Stand for Standing Rock, 350 tribes came together in peaceful protest, supported by thousands of United States Veterans.  Every member of Veteran Service Corps and every hour of volunteer time originated in this historical moment.