THOMAS KRASNICAN
University of Chicago
Graduate Student 
Public Policy
FOR BRIDGING THE CIVILIAN-MILITARY GAP:
Before enrolling as a graduate student at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, Thomas Krasnican graduated from the United States Naval Academy. After reading about the political and moral problems that arise from Americans’ lack of familiarity with their military, and experiencing that disconnect firsthand, Thomas made it his mission to help bridge the “civilian-military divide." 
Thomas and classmate Nicholas Paraiso (also a Naval Academy graduate) strive to remedy that disconnect through their podcast, Thank You For Your Service. The podcast features interviews with big-name military figures and politicians like retired General Stanley McChrystal and former Senator Claire McCaskill. The first season of Thank You For Your Service has gained thousands of listeners and positive attention from media outlets such as CNN and ABC News.