Ted Painter, Armed Forces Retirees Association Executive Director
Bio: Ted Painter is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Armed Forces Retirees Association (AFRA) (www.armedforcesretirees.org), a veteran service organization whose mission is to protect and defend the earned benefits of all military retirees and their surviving spouses through active advocacy on Capitol Hill and elsewhere. AFRA was founded in July, 2018.
Ted’s veteran advocacy experience began after his retirement from the US Army in 2012 when he became a legislative assistant for the American Military Retirees Association (AMRA). In 2014 he became AMRA’s National Legislative Director. Ted was elected to be the Co-Director of the National Military and Veterans Alliance in 2014.
Originally from Borrego Springs, CA., Ted enlisted in the US Army while still in high school and went on to serve for 20 years as an Infantryman as both an NCO and officer. Ted served at Fort Ord, Ca., Fort Campbell, KY., Fort Bragg, NC., Panama, and Iraq and finished his career as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA. Ted retired in 2012.
In addition to his Veteran Service Organization advocacy efforts, Ted volunteers as the Event Director for Angiosarcoma Awareness Inc., (www.curesasc.org) a 501(c)3 dedicated to helping patients and families impacted by this rare cancer and he volunteers as a marathon runner and triathlete for Team Hoyt, (www.teamhoyt.com) a 501(c)3 dedicated to building the individual character, self-confidence, and self-esteem of America’s disabled young people by helping them to participate in endurance oriented athletic endeavors.
Aleks Morosky, MOPH National Legislative Director
Bio: Aleks Morosky is the National Legislative Director of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), a Congressionally Chartered Veterans Service Organization headquartered in Springfield, VA. He is primarily responsible for communicating the MOPH legislative agenda to the United States Congress, federal departments and agencies, and other organizational stakeholders in the veterans’ community. Aleks’ efforts include advocating for all veterans and their families, with a special emphasis on those who were wounded in combat.
A native of Norwich, Connecticut, Aleks served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army for one week shy of seven years, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant. He deployed twice to Iraq from 2003-2004 and 2005-2006 as a member of the 502d Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. On February 15, 2006, Aleks was wounded along with two other soldiers when their HMMWV was struck by an improvised explosive device on a night mission near Mahmoudiyah, Iraq. He would spend the next 10 months recovering from his injuries in Landstuhl, Germany and Fort Campbell, KY before being honorably discharged from the Army on Christmas Eve, 2006.
Following his military career, Aleks graduated magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a BA in Political Science using the GI Bill. Upon graduation, he served as a veterans and military aide to Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro from 2011-2013. He then went on to work for the National Legislative Service of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in their Washington, DC office from 2013-2016, where he was ultimately promoted to the position of Deputy Director.
Aleks assumed his current role as MOPH National Legislative Director in June 2016. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.