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Kristofer Goldsmith

Kristofer Goldsmith

Task Force Butler

Eradicate Hate:
2023

Kristofer Goldsmith is the nation’s most recognized authority on the targeting of American troops and veterans with disinformation and extremist recruiting efforts by hostile foreign and domestic entities.

After leaving the US Army at the rank of sergeant in 2007, he became a top advocate in PTSD treatment and suicide prevention, founding High Ground Veterans Advocacy, which trains veterans to lead movements to shape federal law and regulations.
As the Chief Investigator and Associate Director for Policy and Government Affairs for Vietnam Veterans of America, he led the successful campaign to remove the expiration date of veterans’ education benefits, creating the “Forever GI Bill,” and his work inspired two congressional investigations into the effects of disinformation and extremism on veterans.

Goldsmith earned a degree in Political Science with Honors from Columbia University in 2020 while working full-time for VVA and running High Ground Veterans Advocacy.

Immediately following the attack against the Capitol on January 6, 2021, he founded Sparverius, LLC, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business which employs veterans in detecting and disrupting disinformation and extremism campaigns that seek to erode America’s democracy.

He founded Task Force Butler Institute to exponentially expand opportunities to train and engage veterans in the hobby of maintaining a democracy

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This cannot be thought of as a conference or a summit. The stakes are simply too high and the data/conversation and methods to drive action more valuable/motivating than any gathering I have attended. I took more than 100 pages of notes and have shared them with my CBS News leadership team, anchors, producers, and correspondents. Nothing about this gathering was easy. The agony around this topic is real. But no one curious about it could ask for a more devoted, rational, or unflinching look into this dark but decipherable world.

Major Elliot Garrett Chief Washington Correspondent, CBS News