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Tyson Manker, 39, is a licensed Illinois attorney and former U.S. Marine combat veteran of the Iraq War. He has spent his entire adult life advocating for social justice and progressive reforms. Now, Tyson is now running to serve as the next Village President (Mayor) in his hometown of South Jacksonville, Illinois, and he needs your support.

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When he was just 20-years old, Tyson served as part of America’s ground force during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Because his unit, the 3rd Battalion 7th Marines, led the U.S. convoy, they were dubbed “the tip of the spear.” The above photo, now in the National Archives, was taken by a Defense Department combat photographer on the 5th day of the war, March 24, 2003. For his combat service, Tyson was awarded a Presidential citation for “extraordinary heroism and outstanding performance in action against enemy forces.”

For over a decade, Tyson has been an outspoken advocate for veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He has shared his personal story of “triumph over struggle” with audiences across the country, encouraging people everywhere to keep fighting and learn to live and succeed with PTSD. In 2020, he released his first book, written for military veterans and advocates, titled VA Handbook.

Tyson’s Military Awards

CombatAction Ribbon PresidentialUnit Citation NavyUnit Commendation National DefenseService Medal Iraq CampaignMedal, OIF/OEF Global War on TerrorService Medal Sea ServiceDeployment Ribbon (2) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

PTSD Advocate

Tyson has always been a warrior against injustice. In the fall of 2014, while studying for his bar exam, Tyson watched social unrest unfold on T.V. in nearby Ferguson, Missouri. When Tyson saw police pointing automatic weapons at peaceful protestors in broad daylight, he drove to Ferguson to stand with the people. “It was wrong,” Tyson said. “I wore my dress uniform because I wanted the police to think twice about pointing their weapons at citizens who were simply exercising their constitutional rights.” During the march for peace, Tyson told a reporter, “I didn’t go to Iraq to come home and watch my neighbors get brutalized.”

Tyson was sworn-in as an attorney by the Illinois Supreme Court on November 6, 2014. In early 2015, when the Illinois State Police investigated fraud and corruption at South Jacksonville Village Hall, Tyson researched the law and filed a first-of-its-kind “Citizens Ethics Complaint” on behalf of Village residents. The ethics complaint triggered the formation of an Ethics Commission, and within three weeks multiple officials resigned from their positions. For his efforts, the conservative Open The Books project recognized Tyson with an “Illinois Courage Award.” In May 2016, Tyson was sworn-in to the federal bar (U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois).

On March 2, 2018, Tyson filed a class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps on behalf of all post-9/11 veterans with PTSD who were administratively discharged for minor misconduct related to their PTSD and ultimately denied their Honorable discharge—and as a result made ineligible for VA benefits, including healthcare to treat their service-connected PTSD. In the suit, Manker v. Spencer, a class of more than 100,000 Navy and Marine Corps veterans has been certified by the court, and in late 2019 the court ruled against the Government’s motion to dismiss. The case remains ongoing and is expected to be settled sometime in 2021 or 2022.

Read the Class-Action Complaint filed in Federal Court that outlines Manker’s combat service.

Fighting for Veterans with PTSD in Court

Tyson Manker is a son of South Jacksonville, Illinois, where he was born and raised. Last year, Lincoln Land Community College named Tyson their 2020 Honored Alumnus. Now, after several years of advocating for veterans in Washington, D.C. and across the country, he has returned home to clean up the corruption plaguing his local government. After taking on a previous administration over ethics and corruption issues, now Tyson has announced plans to implement new transparency measures to clean up corruption and prevent it from ever taking hold again.

Read Tyson's Plan for South Jacksonville

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