Vet In The Fight: Cris Dosev For Congress
Special Operations Speaks has been pleased to assist and spotlight the efforts of our Veterans across the nation who still live by their military oaths, are active in their communities and believe in serving their country in any way they can.
SOS coined the term Vets in the Fight© to describe and support just such individuals and in this installment, we're spotlighting a Marine who is running for Congress in Florida's First Congressional District.
“I accept this endorsement with 100 percent gratitude to all of the special operators who have served the lonely night watch in defense of freedom, liberty and America’s leadership in a very dangerous world,” Cris Dosev said after being endorsed by SOS in 2016.
“Special operators know the threats we face more than any of us can imagine. We ask them to do the impossible so we can enjoy the Founders’ vision of American life. They never let us down. For this organization to select me is all the more important for that,” said Dosev at that time.
“President Obama and Hillary Clinton have brought us chaos and instability. My service in Congress will be dedicated to restoring American leadership and the march of freedom to earn a peaceful world,” said Dosev. “I will carry this endorsement with very special pride.”
The 2018 race for the First Congressional district has five candidates so far – two Democrats and three Republicans, which includes Dosev. In the last election cycle, the incumbent Matt Gaetz blew out his Democrat opponent by nearly forty percentage points - 69% 30%.
About Cris Dosev
Dosev is a first generation American and a lifelong Republican who considers himself a “true conservative.”
Cris and his wife Lisa have been married for 31 years. The couple has eight children - three sons and five daughters ranging from age 12 to 29. Two of his sons are active duty Marine officers.
Affiliations and Memberships
American Legion, Navy League, International Defensive Pistol Association, a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, Knights of Columbus, Parish Council member and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is also a chaplain for the local Order of Daedalians and is a deeply religious man.
His hobbies include “military history, shooting, fishing, cooking, and singing and playing guitar with his daughters.”
Dosev's campaign website offers the following timeline of events upon returning to civilian life:
Dosev begins a career as a real estate developer and small business owner.
Served as a volunteer and served on the National Advisory Board of The Women’s Center, a crisis pregnancy center.
Co-founds the Wounded Heroes Foundation Inc., “a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, which assists injured veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.”
The Dosev family moves to Pensacola, FL.
He becomes a local business owner, member of Pensacola Five Flags Rotary, joins the board of the Panhandle Tiger Bay Club, and is active with the Marine Corps League.
In his work with the Marine Corps League, Dosev coordinated the veteran component of the Florida Dental Association Mission of Mercy in Pensacola, that “assisted 200 veterans and 1700 Panhandle residents to receive free dental care.”
Dosev attended the University of Florida (class of 1984) and graduated with Honors. He obtained a degree in Land Surveying from the College of Civil Engineering.
Dosev went to the University of Florida on an NROTC scholarship, became the Battalion Commander and was the recipient of the Carl A. Spaatz award from the Civil Air Patrol, the highest achievable cadet award. Dosev was also awarded the Daedalian Flight Scholarship Award for private flight licensing.
After College – The Marines
After graduating from the University of Florida, he was commissioned as an Officer of Marines and after basic training he was assigned to Pensacola for flight training.
Dosev earned his Naval Flight Officers wings in April of 1986.
According to his bio, upon completion of advanced training at NAS Whidbey Island, he was designated a Bombardier/Navigator in the A-6 Intruder.
Dosev served with the “Fighting Bengals” in Cherry Point, North Carolina.
Dosev served over a ten year period in three deployments - two Western Pacific deployments and Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He was awarded the Air Medal with numeral “3” and two Navy Commendation Medals, one with Combat “V”.
When Dosev returned stateside, he was assigned as Marine Officer Instructor and Assistant Professor of Naval Science of the Chicago Consortium – Northwestern University and Illinois Institute of Technology.
There, Dosev taught Evolution of Warfare and Amphibious Warfare preparing future officers with real-world scenario training and exercises and was also a platoon leader at Officer Candidate School, Quantico, Virginia.
On The Issues
Key issues that Dosev supports are restoring military readiness, tax reform, and tax cuts, protecting veterans and their benefits, defending the 1st and 2nd Amendments, enforcing immigration laws, protecting life and family values, and getting rid of Obamacare.
Visit Dosev's Campaign HERE.