Richard Allen Smith is a Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. He enlisted in the US Army at the age of 18. In 2007, he deployed to Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division and served as a non-commissioned officer for 14 months. During this deployment, he began blogging from the front lines on the VoteVets.org blog "VetVoice" under pseudonym "RockRichard". He has been quoted or featured in the Wall Street Journal, New Yorker magazine, the Washington Independent, on MSNBC, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Air America Radio, Indie Talk Radio, and several other media outlets around the country.