During the course of my adult life I discovered a passion- writing. I began writing in 2011 while attending graduate school. I found a local magazine looking for submissions that were in line with my papers so I submitted them for publication. Since then, my focus has shifted to writing to cover two passions of mine; leadership and veteran related stories (especially those involving mental health topics).
I frequently donate to a variety of non-profit organizations that aid veterans and first responders. I then realized I could be more helpful by writing about non-profit organizations to bring awareness to those who need it. As many veterans could tell you, not every non-profit is a good fit for every veteran.
As my writing progressed, I became interested in high profile first responders and veterans who have incredible stories. Whether it was overcoming incredible odds, hunting down international criminals or best selling authors- I want to hear from them. Check out some of these incredible stories on this website.
As as former Platoon Leader with the US Army, I understand leadership effectiveness is a top priority in combat. In that environment, the quality of leadership often makes the difference between life and death. The effect of leadership has since become a passion of mine after the military and I continue to improve it to this day. Check out my book, A Beginner's Guide to Leadership and see for yourself. Check out my Leadership Blog today!
Navy Seal Chief Eddie Gallagher was charged with ludicrous war crimes during his mission to eliminate ISIS. President Trump stepped in and Chief Gallagher beat these ridiculous charges. He and his wife Andrea now help First Responders and servicemen and women overcome adversity related to political charges.
Check out his Non Profit Organization The Pipe Hitter Foundation
Best selling author Tom Satterly is a retired Delta force operator who was in the Battle of Mogadishu and later hunted down Iraq's Deck of Cards. After a career of military service he battled Post Traumatic Stress. He nearly took his own life until his wife Jen committed her life to helping him overcome PTS. Together they now dedicate their lives to helping our nations warriors with the All Secure Foundation.
Retired DEA agents Steve Murphy and Javier Pena were assigned the daunting task of hunting down the world's first narco-terrorist; Pablo Escobar. Their incredible journey was retold in the hit Netflix series drama Narcos. Their stories are simply mind blowing.
Brad Thomas, retired Delta operator, put his promising music career on hold to serve his country. After retirement, he joined forces with other veterans and created an up and coming rock band, Silence & Light, whose proceeds go directly to support a fantastic non-profit organization, Warrior's Heart. (Check out the Warriors Heart Documentary trailer here).
NY Times best selling author and Retired Navy Seal Jason Redman was shot multiple times, once in the face, on a mission gone awry in Baghdad, Iraq. He miraculously survived using his overcome mindset. He now speaks publicly about his experiences, leadership and adversity for audiences all over the globe. Visit his website to learn more.
Founding drummer of Five Finger Death Punch has had a turbulent past with the stereotypical drugs, sex and rock n roll. He now carries a message of living a clean life while still involved in music with @Psychosynner. His longstanding support of the military and first responder community still remains strong.
Popular NYC patriot artist is not only extremely gifted, he's also not afraid to challenge authority and call them out publicly, especially politicians with absurd agendas. He believes in America, freedom and first responders and military servicemen and women. Follow him on Instagram to listen for yourself.
Retired ATF agent Jay Dobyns spent years infiltrating the Hells Angel motorcycle gang. He recounts wild tales, brushes with death and personal struggles living a double life. It was all retold in his NY Times best-selling book, No Angel, available on Amazon.
Retired FBI Agent Joaquin "Jack" Garcia infiltrated the notorious Gambino Crime Family of New York City and took down over 50 hardened gangsters. Joaquin, an immigrant from Cuba, nailed the Italian gangster role. He nearly became a 'made guy' but his agency pulled the plug just before this momentous occasion. His book, Making Jack Falcone is available on Amazon.
1st Lieutenant Clint Lorance made a split second decision to help save the lives of his soldiers in Afghanistan. The flawed military justice system disagreed with his decision and sentenced him to 19 years in prison. Five years into his sentence, then President Trump recognized the political case and issued him a full pardon. In part due to the help on non profit, UAP.org.
Navy Seal Team 6 member Aaron Howard was charged with 'Catfishing'. He remains adamant about his innocence and was another victim of the flawed UCMJ system. Although his case started years ago, he is still fighting to clear his name and get what he's earned after a career in the Seal teams. Read more about him on the Pipe Hitter Foundation website.
Retired Oklahoma City Firefighter Chris Fields, was captured carrying a deceased child in this iconic, Pulitzer prize winning photograph of the tragic Oklahoma City Bombing. Chris later suffered severe effects of Post Traumatic Stress. With the support of his friends and family, Chris sought help and lives a much happier life- a truly inspiring story.
Wonder kid Zechariah has been running one mile to honor a first responder killed in the line of duty. His family has expanded to now include grants for those injured in the line of duty. Since the publishing of this article, Zechariah has surpassed 1000 miles and continues to raise money and awareness. His motivation was originally inspired by the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Check out Running4Heroes.org
This non profit veteran organization's motto is "to bring veterans together using humor and camaraderie to improve mental health and prevent veteran suicide." After attending their signature event, a Silkie's Hike, I noticed it was a perfect blend of fun, professionalism and espirit de corp. Check out Irreverent Warriors to see if its just what you need to improve your mental health.
Veteran Pete Scott was diagnosed with a severe form of Post Traumatic Stress and saw no way out. It wasn't until he discovered farming that he finally found real relief. He now helps other veterans by showing them how to farm, bee-keep and help others who struggle with food insecurity. A truly inspiring comeback story. Learn all about it at Fields4Valor Farms
NYPD Detective Robert Garland created Fund the First- the only crowd funding source that is exclusive for the first responder and military community. Unlike GoFundMe, Fund the First verifies every fundraising campaign to ensure it is valid and legitimate- a much needed resource. Check out Fund the First and browse different campaigns.
Veteran Mitch Kriebel was moments away from taking his own life. His wife had a bad feeling and walked in on him during the attempt. He sought help and eventually found his calling, ruck marching. He now rucks to bring awareness to mental health for veterans and first responders. Check out his website today.