Donald R. Bramer
Chairman and President, Bramer Group
Don Bramer, founder and Chairman of Bramer Group, is a veteran of both combat and Capitol Hill having served the offices and campaigns of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell at both the state and national levels. He has served as an appointee under the administration of President George H. W. Bush in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce focusing on Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, as well as the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on the Advisory Council on Social Security. Additionally, Bramer has worked at the state and national levels of several key presidential and congressional campaigns, as well as gubernatorial races in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and continues to be actively engaged in the political process.
After 9/11, Bramer left the political arena and enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he joined a family heritage of military service stretching back to World War II. Over the years, Bramer was called up for multiple deployments with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force (CJSOTF) from 2005–2007 where he operated throughout Iraq as an intelligence officer and senior interrogator. For his tours in Iraq, Bramer was awarded two Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Combat Action Badges, the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Iraq Campaign Medal with two stars from the U.S. Department of Defense. In 2009, he received his commission as a Naval Officer and is currently attached to the reserve intelligence staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
Upon leaving active duty, Bramer joined the team of Phoenix Consulting, LLC in Alexandria, VA as an instructor & project manager for the development and implementation of intelligence training programs for the Defense Intelligence Agency and other federal agencies. Bramer has previously served as the deputy executive director at the national headquarters of Log Cabin Republicans; director of membership for the National Association of Manufacturers, where he worked to engage with business leaders across the country representing their views in Washington. Today, he serves as an advisory council member of the U.S. Veterans Initiative for Homeless Veterans; an advisory council member of Veterans Campaign; policy advisor for the Trevor Project; and, as chairman of Bramer Group advocating on issues that relate to defense, intelligence, and veterans.
Bramer pursued undergraduate studies at the University of Louisville and graduate studies at George Washington University, and is an active member of the National Defense Industrial Association. He has published numerous articles in academic journals on the issues of PTSD, DADT and Homelessness among veterans.
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