Congressman McKeon Staffer Named “40 Under 40”
Santa Clarita, CA – Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon is proud to announce that his District Military and Veterans Affairs Field Representative JD Kennedy, has been named one of Santa Clarita Valley Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.”
“I am thrilled that the Santa Clarita Valley Business Journal is recognizing JD for his accomplishments and contributions to our community,” said Congressman McKeon. “JD is a tremendous young man who has served his country with extraordinary valor. I am proud that he is a part of our team representing and working for the people of the 25th District.”
While studying social sciences at College of the Canyons, JD began interning for Congressman McKeon’s Santa Clarita Office. His dedication as an intern led to a permanent position as Congressman McKeon’s Military and Veteran Affairs Field Representative through the House Chief Administrative Officer’s (CAO) Wounded Warrior Program.
JD is both an asset to Congressman McKeon’s office and the 25th Congressional District. After serving his country with three deployments during Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 2008. He continues to serve his community as an active veterans advocate. A young student himself, Kennedy can relate to college-bound veterans, and works closely with them to take full advantage of the GI Bill. JD provides support to 25th District veterans and acts as a liaison between veterans and Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition, he assists veterans with VA benefits and other military issues. He is a youth mentor that promotes the military academies to high school students, ROTC Cadets, and all other eligible applicants.
JD served as Judge Advocate of the Newhall American Legion in 2010 and currently serves as 1st Vice Commander. JD is also a member of VFW Post 6885 and a member of the 1st Marine Division Association. Through these veteran organizations, he has been involved in community events such as the Armed Forces Day Festival, Memorial Day celebrations, Veterans Day celebrations and the July 4th parades
Congressman McKeon represents the 25th District of California and serves as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.