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Standing up for what you believe in is never easy. We understand that. Despite this, the leadership of 1st Amendment Praetorian recognizes that defending both this Republic and her brave people is paramount to our remaining a free nation. Although our members’ identities are confidential, our leadership has chosen to make our names public to stand up for what we believe in.

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Robert Patrick Lewis

Robert Patrick Lewis

Robert Patrick Lewis is a Special Forces combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan-turned published author, entrepreneur, marketing professional and investor. Robert started his first business in college producing large-scale music festivals but after 9/11 signed up for the delayed entry program and left for Infantry Basic Training a month after graduation.

​Robert served as an 18D (Special Forces Medic) and during his time in 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) he deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq twice and North Africa as well as multiple other training missions around the globe, with a final deployment to Afghanistan as a military contractor. He left the Army with a Purple Heart for wounds received in Afghanistan, the Special Forces tab, the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, NATO non-article 5, Iraq campaign ribbon with cluster, Afghanistan campaign ribbon and many other awards for his service.

After his time in uniform was over Robert set out to write about his experiences, and has had two books published including his non-fiction military memoir “Love Me When I’m Gone: the true story of life, love and loss for a Green Beret in Post-9/11 war” and the first book of his fictional trilogy, “The Pact” with the second book of “The Pact” trilogy published in February 2019.

He has been featured on national programs such as Fox News, The Dennis Miller Show, The Adam Carolla Show, The Herman Cain Show and writes a weekly op-ed column for a newspaper in the Los Angeles area as well as frequent articles for Heroes Media Group. Robert has also hosted two of his own podcasts and has experience on both sides of the interviewing desk.

​Robert has also had a wide variety of experience in the business world, having worked as a manager in one of the nation’s premier healthcare enterprises, a licensed financial advisor, a marketing executive with Omnicom and is currently Chief Marketing Officer for Heroes Media Group. He obtained his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in May 2018 and is the Founder/CEO of Gear Monkey Network.

​Robert has two children, two stepchildren and is engaged to the love of his life (and editor) Natalie Pimentel. He writes from his homes in Los Angeles and Dallas.

Jen Paquette

Jen Paquette

Ms. Jen Paquette has been an advocate for veteran issues since shortly after 9/11. She is married to a traumatically injured Special Forces soldier; is a mother of an active duty 2/75 Ranger; is a daughter of a 101st (A) soldier, and a sister of a Marine and a soldier. She also dedicates her personal and professional time to advocating for women, children and US citizen's Constitutional rights.

​Jen spent close to a year at Walter Reed Army Medical Center with her traumatically injured husband, Roland, as he fought the good fight to stay alive. He ended up giving both legs above the knees as a result of being hit by an Improvised Explosive Device while serving on a Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha "A Team" during Operation Enduring Freedom. During this life changing experience and after building a career working in corporate America, Jen was approached by United States Special Operations Command "USSOCOM" leadership to join a founding team tasked with developing a program supporting wounded, ill & injured Special Operation Forces service members & their families.

During her years at USSOCOM, she discovered a gap in the care for Special Forces "Green Berets" wounded and killed in action. Not long after that discovery, Jen was asked to join the founding team of the Green Beret Foundation--a particularly difficult endeavor supporting an all-male unit as the only female. Jen served as GBF's COO, Board Treasurer and CEO & lastly as Board Member for close to a decade. She established all board committees and established GBF's programs and operational infrastructure.

Since Jen's husband's injury, she has successfully supported close to 5000 Special Operation Forces "SOF" members to include killed in action families when she was warned not to, transitioning service members & she raised over $15 million to support SOF members, their families & specifically Special Forces members. Aside from her SOF support, Jen also advocated, raised money for and served all branches of the United States military.

Her work with the SOF community got her recognized when she was awarded the Patriot Award-the highest honor USSOCOM awards to a civilian- by General Tony Thomas, Commanding General of USSOCOM. She is the sixth female in history to be awarded a National Special Forces Association membership & honor along with Bo Derek and Martha "Maggie" Raye and the fifth female in history to be honored and given membership to the Special Forces Association Chapter XV. Jen was also named Outstanding Young San Antonian by the San Antonio Downtown Rotary.

Jen now runs The JPaq Group full time supporting numerous nonprofits and small for-profit companies. Eighty percent of her clients are nonprofit organizations. She does pro bono work for twenty five percent of her nonprofit clients and ten percent for her for profit clients that are service-disabled veteran owned companies. She approaches nonprofits much like she starts and runs any business because, in fact, nonprofits are businesses.

She currently sits on four boards holding various positions on each board: First Amendment Praetorian board member Vice President & Treasurer for Dancing Angels Foundation: Board Member, Programs Committee Chair & Development Committee Chair for Military Veterans in Journalism; Board Member & Programs Committee Chair for LIVE! Ministries; Founding Board Member, Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair for Prelude Preparatory Public School. She acts as a subject matter expert and instructor for The Rosie Network where she teaches topics such a nonprofit business 101, nonprofit marketing, public relations, reading & understanding financial documents, branding and Board Governance focusing on roles & responsibilities, risk mitigation, & compliance. She also gives back by providing math tutoring for elementary, secondary & college students.

Jen earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration majoring in Industrial Engineering / Operations Management / Supply Chain Management from Arizona State University; a Master's in Public Administration with a focus on nonprofits and public policy from St. Mary's University; and finally, an Executive MBA from Rice University in Houston, Texas