A decade after Dan Berschinski deployed to Afghanistan to fight for freedom and lost his legs in battle, the former Army infantry officer is training for a key role in U.S. democracy: manning a voting station in place of elderly poll workers at risk of COVID-19.
The retired Army captain, now 36, said a “perfect storm” is driving him and other former military members to volunteer at voting centers on Election Day, Nov. 3., where they will check IDs and bring people to voting booths.
“Our infrastructure is undermanned and the people who traditionally do this job for us are at risk,” said Berschinski, a small business owner who lives in Atlanta with his girlfriend.
“I’m younger and, other than not having any legs, I’m perfectly healthy,” said the 2007 West Point graduate with a 2015 Stanford Business School MBA.
Berschinski is among 1,000 military veterans expected to be recruited by non-profit group Human Rights First through its “Veterans for American Ideals” project in an effort called #VetsPowerThePolls.