HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Oct. 3, 2011) - Richard Allen Smith has earned the right to speak out on issues affecting American veterans. He has walked in their boots and is passionate about his beliefs involving those who have served their country in the military. That passion and on-the-ground perspective has made Smith, a recent UAH graduate, a turn-to mouthpiece for the 24-hour television anchors searching for an authority on veteran's issues. Smith, 26, has made recent appearances on MSNBC and CNN, among other news outlets, speaking on the behalf of the non-partisan VoteVets.org. The organization advocates for veterans from all eras, but has a focus on conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.