Our Mission Statement
Veteran Sheepdogs of America is a nonprofit organization that fills an empty and unique space in not just Colorado, but the nation. The plan will be focused on organizing and uniting veterans, giving them a loud and effective voice. Advocacy, especially when it comes to the VA and its service.
The veteran population has many resources for veteran services and advocacy, but not an organization that is hyper political in working diligently on veteran issues, VA reform and accountability. VSC will be that organization.
What We Do
Veteran Sheepdogs of America is a registered 501(c)3 (TIN #85-3048274) with the intent of advocating for our veterans.
With monthly and quarterly events, monthly email newsletters, and social media, Veteran Sheepdogs of America will keep our members engaged to what the organization is doing and apprised of the issues with the VA, legislation (Federal, State, and key Local), and resources for veterans and first responders.
Meet the Sheepdogs
Anthony “Tony” Archer enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1987 as a Combat Engineer, serving during Operation Just Cause and Operation Desert Shield/Storm. He also deployed to OIF I & OIF III. After graduating the Sergeants Major Academy, he went to Fort Carson and helped reactivate the 4th Engineer Battalion taking them on deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan as the Battalion Command Sergeant Major. He retired in 2011 and began serving Veterans as a Veteran Service Officer.
Since retirement, Tony has served as the State Service Officer for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Colorado, Senior National Service Officer for Wounded Warrior Project and Senior Military and Veterans Liaison for Congressman Doug Lamborn.
Bob Beauprez is a Colorado native, former dairy farmer, community banker, real estate developer, member of congress, author, political commentator, and now a buffalo rancher. In addition to representing Colorado’s 7th District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2003-2007, He served the Republican Party as a precinct committeeman, district captain, county and state party chairman and was twice the GOP nominee for governor.
Bob married his high school sweetheart Claudia. They have four children and six grandchildren, and will celebrate their 51st anniversary this spring. Bob and Claudia are graduates of the University of Colorado, and all four of their children are also Buffs.
Laurel Byrnes came to Colorado Springs in 1992 when her family was stationed at Fort Carson. She completed my undergraduate work at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs with a bachelors in Psychology and Sociology. After graduation, she worked a few avenues towards broadening her experience, including the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, Wells Fargo Mortgage, and Chins Up Residential Facility for Children before starting off for Law School. Upon completion of her degree from the University of Denver College of Law, she worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Southern Colorado for nine years, 2 of which was specifically geared towards juveniles in the justice system. She currently her her own practice in Colorado Springs.
President & Chairman
Joshua Hosler is from Jefferson, Ohio. Josh is a combat Marine veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan with over 700 combat missions as Assistant Platoon Leader and bomb dog handler. A husband and father of 3 children, Joshua knows first-hand the challenges of the military and the difficulties of transitioning from active service. His losses of those he served with in combat on the battle field and back at home to suicide, inspired him to lead Veteran Sheepdogs of America and truly hold the VA and the decision makers accountable for what was promised to and earned by our veterans. Joshua has served at different local political and federal and government positions. This knowledge of the federal and state policies and inner workings of government gives him an unique insight on how to hold the VA accountable.
Kirk Rosa served in the United States Navy from 1976 until 1996 and retired as Chief Petty Officer. Deploying for Operation Desert Storm, Operation Joint Endeavor, and numerous other operations while serving on 5 Aircraft Carriers, an oiler and the Hospital ship USNS Comfort.
Upon retirement, he worked for Security Capital Group as a Senior Telecommunications Project Manager, then moved back to Colorado to work for US West and then Quest.
Served as State Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States in 2012 – 2013. Kirk has also volunteered with The American Legion, Fleet Reserve Association, and National Chief Petty Officers Association. He is the co-founder of the Community Veterans Coalition.
Lang’s military service spans 27 years. After graduating first in his class at Aviation Officer Candidate School, he became a Navy FA-18 pilot and served multiple deployments to the Mideast. Selected to attend the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), he returned as a TOPGUN instructor, serving as the unit’s Training Officer. After twelve years in the Navy, Lang transitioned to the Air National Guard as an F-16 pilot. He retired in 2015 as a lieutenant colonel.
Lang served in the Colorado legislature from 2015-2019, representing Jefferson County. He remains active on a number of non-profit boards and committees.
An attorney, Lang previously practiced law at the Colorado offices of Cooley LLP, one of the nation’s top firms, where he focused on representing small technology businesses. Lang currently is a 777 pilot for FedEx. He and his wife of 22 years, Rene, live in Arvada with their three school age children.
Colonel (Retired) Brian Wortinger obtained his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management and was commissioned as an Armor Officer from West Point. He subsequently led soldiers around the globe, including earning his Ranger Tab and multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Brian concluded his military career by commanding the United States Army Garrison at Fort Carson, Colorado.
Brian founded Bridlewood Properties while obtaining his Master of Business Administration from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.
Brian currently serves as a Fiber and Telecommunications Enterprise Manager at Colorado Springs Utilities and as a Board Member for the Old Colorado City Partnership and Homefront Military Network.