A graduate of West Point, Bill Rausch has dedicated his professional career to serving his country in the military, private and non-profit sectors. He is the former executive director of Got Your 6, overseeing efforts to shift the public’s perception of veterans as broken heroes to one of veterans as civic assets. Under the leadership of Bill Rausch, Got Your 6 received the prestigious Social Good Award presented by Cynopsis for the best Awareness Campaign of 2016.
Previously, Mr. Rausch was the political director for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, where he mobilized more than 40 veterans and mental health organizations and 250,000 veterans in signing petitions supporting the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act. The act passed into law in February 2015.
Bill has testified in front of Congress and has appeared on NBC Nightly News, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and MSNBC’s coverage of Memorial Day and Veterans Day to discuss military and veterans’ issues. Mr. Rausch is the foreword author of The Fire Within: Shedding Light on Trauma, a collection of 22 true and powerful stories about the military, transition to civilian life, effects of trauma, and everything in between.
Bill's military service includes deployments to the Middle East and Africa in support of counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations. He lives in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area with his family.