Veterans Committee

The NDAA Veterans Committee is charged with examining ways in which our Nation’s veterans interact with the criminal justice system, whether as a defendant in a case or as a prosecutor in the field. The committee is exploring ways to assist veterans such as the creation or expansion of specific treatment court programs or wellness initiatives for prosecutors who have previously served.

If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact NDAA Special Project and Communications Coordinator Kiona D. Gaines at

Committee Chairperson: 
Matt Fogal, District Attorney, Franklin County, PA


Veteran Spotlight

Below are the profiles of two NDAA members who served. We thank them for their commitment and dedication to both their country and their community.

Matt Fogal

District Attorney

Franklin County, Pennsylvania

Matt recently retired from the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in March of 2018 after 24 years of military service. Over that period, he provided humanitarian relief in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and deployed overseas for tours in both Kosovo and Afghanistan.

Pete J. Orput

County Attorney

Washington County, Minnesota

Pete served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1973 to 1976. He was a field radio operator assigned to an 81mm mortar platoon. He was in the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. His unit helped evacuate Saigon and Phnom Pen Cambodia, and was the very last combat unit in South Vietnam.

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