Alonzo M. Poteet III – Experience and Steady Leadership
Alonzo M. Poteet III, is a 5th generation Texan, a decorated combat helicopter pilot in Vietnam, former Executive with Humana, and former top executive with Department of Veterans Affairs. Al Poteet, is a good neighbor … strong on defense … strong on borders, strong on REAL affordable and accessible healthcare … strong on veterans and Second Amendment rights … a record of leadership and achievement.
He has a proven record of protecting and defending the rights, liberty and happiness of his fellow citizens. If elected to go to Washington, he will navigate the swamp, drain it, and fight for the people. He will fight corruption wherever he finds it. His “can do” attitude, hard work ethic, and team-building successes will pay dividends as the U.S. Congressman for the 21st District of Texas.
Poteet has 35 years of practical, wide-ranging experience as a senior executive in both public and private sectors. He served veterans during the Reagan Administration as Associate Deputy Administrator for Congressional & Intergovernmental Affairs and as a cabinet level Deputy Assistant Secretary to VA . He also served as VA Regional Office Director in Waco, TX and Medical Center Director for the State of Alaska with responsibility for managing 445+ employees with annual budgets in excess of $62 million.
After his retirement from federal service, he was selected CEO of Humana Veterans Healthcare Service (HVHS) and responsible for all leadership and management aspects of a start-up health care referral company. Under his direction, HVHS won the Project HERO pilot contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs to augment the provision of specialty health care to VA beneficiaries in 23 states utilizing a network of 25,000 health care providers.
Prior to his tenure at Humana, he served as VP and COO of a $100 million durable medical equipment company where he managed the day-to-day activities of the JACHO/ISO certified company.
In 2001, he was appointed Executive Director of the President’s Task Force To Improve Health Care Delivery To Our Nation’s Veterans (PTF). The PTF was authorized by Executive Order 13214 to design a blueprint for the transformation of future VA/DoD healthcare delivery into a seamless continuum of care for all eligible beneficiaries.
From 1976-1983, he also worked as Assistant Legislative Director for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) on Capitol Hill, later as Treasurer, and then Director of the VFW-PAC. As Assistant Legislative Director, he rendered testimony before the House/Senate authorizing and appropriating committees as a subject matter expert on a range of national defense/veterans issues.
Mr. Poteet retired from federal service in 2002. He is a 5th generation Texan whose family settled in what became Poteet, Texas. He and his wife Miriam now reside in Johnson City, Blanco County TX. Miriam is a small business owner in the 21st District and the Poteet’s understand the challenges faced by entrepreneurs.
He is the recipient of the Secretary’s Award and the Undersecretary for Health Leadership Award. His entrepreneurial leadership style yielded numerous other national and executive branch awards. He is a Life Member of VFW Post 2933, a member of the National Rifle Association, Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, and a former member of the Advisory Board of the Fund For Veterans Assistance, Texas Veterans Commission.
His life passion has been to assist veterans and their families to successfully transition from their military service back to civilian life. Al has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science that he earned utilizing the G.I.Bill after his service in the US Army. This coupled with a healthy dose of common sense bolstered by his extensive leadership experience makes him uniquely qualified to represent the people of the 21st District.
Poteet is a decorated US Army combat aviator with two deployments to the Republic of Vietnam as a Cobra attack helicopter pilot having served with the Air Cavalry in both the 1st Aviation Brigade and 82nd Airborne Division. His combat awards are the Air Medal for valor, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star, and later the Bronze Star for valor in ground combat.