By Diane Masters

Dan Futrell - Elizabeth WarrenLast Fall, Somerville resident Dan Futrell, a decorated Iraq veteran with five years of active duty in the Army and two Bronze Stars, got involved in his first political campaign to support Elizabeth Warren.

Futrell, who was drawn to Elizabeth’s message that “No one succeeds on their own,” says, “I believe we are responsible to ourselves and to each other. In the military, you are a member of a team. You will succeed or fail together. If you see your battle buddy fall down, you stop and help him up. And I see that as a bigger responsibility – we must apply that military concept to the broader issues of society.”

Dan Futrell - Elizabeth Warren“I don’t think Scott Brown is a bad person,” Futrell says. “He’s just not pointing us in the right direction as a nation. Elizabeth understands the responsibility we have toward one another, and she understands that this responsibility is not optional. For instance, she’s done a lot to help veterans. At the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, she hired Holly Petraeus to look out for issues that specifically affect veterans.”

With Vietnam veteran Bill Dooling, Futrell put together Vets and Military Families for Warren. “We support her because we know she’s on our team,” Futrell says. Together they are growing the veteran outreach and organizing military families across the state.

Veterans looking to help the campaign can sign-up through: