Dean Austin
Dean Austin        As an Air Force Veteran currently using education benefits, I understand the need to have a voice advocating on the behalf of Veterans. My name is Dean Austin and I am hoping to be your representative in the Weber State Student Senate.

I retired from the United States Air Force in November 2013 as a Technical Sergeant. During my tenure in the military, I spent most of my career as a mechanic at Hill AFB where I worked on the F-16 aircraft. In the Armed Services, I learned the in-depth functions of administration, successful leadership, and processes to revise policies. Upon my retirement, I dedicated myself to accomplishing my dream of achieving a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting here at Weber State University.

Currently, I work in the Veterans’ Services office, where I help Veterans navigate the difficulties with all forms of the G.I. bill. I like to be aware of our benefits and concerns regarding Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and their dependents. If there is something that I do not know, I make it my mission to find out the details to provide a thorough response to their concerns.

My philosophy on politics is that every voice must be heard and factored in to legislation. The answer of the majority is easy and quick, but the most important part of the process is helping to incorporate the ideas and concerns of those who oppose an issue. To work hard for others is something that I have done most of my life because the reward of seeing someone’s conditions improve is something I cherish. I recognize that as a representative it is more than just my voice that is being heard. Finally, I would like to share with you a quote that I use a compass for my political philosophy:

“Let us not despair but act. Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past−let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”

–       John F. Kennedy

35th President of the United States

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