BIGGER THAN ME

During my military career, I was fortunate to serve with the best of the best — people I found to be so much better than me. I pushed myself every day to be every bit as good as they were. Most of those I worked with felt the same way, and together we accomplished some amazing things.

I was part of over 400 combat missions. Although major motion pictures have been made about some of them, our accomplishments never seemed like a big deal to us. I did what the guys next to me, in front of me, and behind me were doing. We all just did what our SEAL training prepared us to do.

During our missions all I had to do was focus on my job and watch the back of the guy in front of me. I never worried because I knew my teammates were doing the same. I was part of a team that was bigger than any one man. Everything I ever accomplished could have been achieved by one of my teammates.

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Your Grateful Nation

Since leaving the Navy, I've had the privilege of supporting a number of philanthropic organizations. Of those, the 501(c)(3) charity Your Grateful Nation is especially important to me. Dedicated to Special Operations heroes and their families, YGN offers essential transitional services and family stabilization support by providing executive-level mentoring and career placement opportunities to veterans who are leaving the military and entering into the private sector. Looking to make a difference? Please consider a tax-deductible donation to YourGratefulNation.org.

THE NEXT MISSION

As fate would have it, I now find myself in a unique set of circumstances. And I’m determined to use the platform I’ve been given to achieve a greater good.

I’m standing on the shoulders of giants — those who served before me, those with whom I've served, and those who are serving now. I would not be where I am today if it weren't for them, and I’ll never forget that.

We as a nation should never forget. Never forget 9/11 — and why that fight for freedom must continue. Never forget the challenges veterans face — as they return home from war. In my effort to raise awareness, I'm committed to helping veterans transfer the invaluable skills they’ve learned in battle to succeed in the business world.

My mission today may not be as high risk as it once was, but I find it equally worthwhile and rewarding.