I was born and raised in the sticks of Napa, California and lived a relatively Huck Finn childhood, hiking through forests and fields, mucking through ponds and rivers, catching lizards and snakes. I didn’t really know what to do with my life once I graduated high school, so after dipping my toes into retail life and realizing it wasn’t for me, I decided to join the Army. I served for seven years as a scout (RECON) from 2000–2007 and served two years in the Iraq War. My unit (A Troop 1-10 CAV) deployed to Iraq in 2003, spearheaded the 4th Infantry Division, and was influential in the mission to capture Saddam Hussein (Operation Red Dawn: Objective Wolverine). After I left the military, I moved to Brazil and lived in a coastal town called Angra dos Reis. It was paradise. But I felt that there was something missing from my life. After two years in Angra, I returned to the US to attend college, graduating from Mesa Community College and the University of Arizona with an AA and BA in philosophy of ethics in 2014. In September 2015, I founded Arizona Veterans Helping Veterans, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to mitigate veteran suicide, reintegrate veterans into society, and help veterans to strengthen their communities.