Green Beret and entrepreneur Ivan Raiklin for the US. Senate in Virginia.

Feb 14, 04:16 AM


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Green Beret and entrepreneur Ivan Raiklin for the US. Senate in Virginia.


Ivan Raiklin is living proof of achieving the American dream. His parents, brother, and two sisters escaped the Soviet nightmare in 1974. Since their arrival, the Raiklin family has savored their freedom, taken personal responsibility of citizenship and maximized on the opportunities America has offered them. Ivan, the youngest of the four children, was born on February 29 in America.


Loyalty and gratitude to his country are etched in Ivan’s heart. He graduated from Northern Iowa and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Ivan’s sole goal in his career has been serving the country that welcomed his family with open arms, saving them from the political and religious discrimination in the Soviet Union. Ivan has served as a Green Beret, military diplomat, foreign affairs specialist, and intelligence officer at critical times during the last 20 years, deploying multiple times to four continents. As a Green Beret, he advised the Salvadoran Army’s Special Forces in their efforts to counter MS13. Just a year ago, he trained the Jordanian Special Operations Command who are countering ISIS. Most recently, Ivan deployed to the hurricane-stricken areas of Texas, to help victims of Hurricane Harvey to conduct Search and Rescue operations and deliver Humanitarian Aid.


Ivan also captured the entrepreneurial spirit. He has been advising and investing in a range of startups including Arka, a packaging design company that serves more than 2000 companies across 1000 cities, and CoolChip Technologies, which is revolutionizing cooling technology for consumer electronics.


Ivan holds a B.A. in Russian, Spanish; Russia and East European Studies, a J.D. and attended the M.S. in Strategic Intelligence program at the Defense Intelligence Agency. He is fluent in English, Russian, Spanish and has a working knowledge of Arabic and French.


Ivan and his wife, Elena, met in Northern Iowa and have been married for 19 years. They have two surviving children. Timothy is now seven; his twin brother, Theodore, passed away at birth and is buried at the Arlington National Cemetery. Gregory, age five, their “rainbow baby” was born two years later. They’ve made their home in Virginia since 2004.