Military Leadership in Action: A Q&A with Senator Johnny Isakson
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Senator Johnny Isakson is a successful businessman with 40-plus years in the real estate industry who has built a respected record of public service to Georgia. He is the first Georgian since the 1800s to have served in the state House, state Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. He also served Georgia as chairman of the Georgia Board of Education. Senator Isakson is serving his second term in the U.S. Senate, and is the only Republican in the Senate chairing two committees: the Senate Ethics Committee and the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
To help commemorate the Top 40 Under 40 Military issue and Veterans Day, MTN caught up with Senator Isakson and asked him for his advice for transitioning military and veterans.
Q: You served in the Georgia Air National Guard from 1966 - 1972. What made you join?
Q: In the 1970s, America was experiencing double-digit unemployment, inflation, the Vietnam War and a stock market crash. At that time, you opened a real estate branch and became a successful entrepreneur. How did you overcome obstacles such as these? Did your military experience help you meet these challenges?
Q: Do you have any guidance for veterans interested in serving in public office?
Q: You are the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. What is the most pressing issue for veterans today?
The Veterans First Act is designed to demand a higher level of accountability from the 345,000-employee department in the wake of numerous scandals over the past few years at VA facilities across the country involving serious mismanagement, misconduct and mistreatment of veterans.
Q: This issue honors top performing individuals who make up the Top 40 Under 40 Military class of 2016. Do you have any advice regarding what a veteran can do to get the most out of their military and/or civilian career?
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