Mike joined the Marine Corps as an Infantryman a week after high-school. In 2001 he spent 6 months in the Pacific Ocean where he experienced building schools in Indonesia, training on islands of Japan, and preparing for non-lethal extraction of a U.S. Ambassador.
In 2002 Mike was meritoriously promoted to a non-commissioned officer for his dedication and duties as a Marine. Afterward, he deployed to Kuwait as a show of force leading to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mike and his unit were the first to cross the border in the initial invasion of Iraq, spending his 21st birthday securing enemy prisoners of war near Al-Bashara. He returned from combat after 8 months overseas and was honorably discharged into civilian life.
Following the Marine Corps, Mike obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, managed Federal Buildings and U.S. Courthouses throughout the Midwest, returned to Purdue to learn Entrepreneurship through EBV, and has found his life purpose in serving other veterans.
Brittney Becker comes to 23rd Veteran with seven years of non-profit event and development experience. Brittney grew up in Wichita, Kansas and recognized her love for details and events from an early age. She attended college at Texas A&M University in College Station and graduated with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Business. After graduation, she was an Event Planner at the Alamodome. Searching for a deeper sense of purpose in her work, she became a Development Manager for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) where she got to plan and execute galas and walks that raised millions of dollars for the organization.
Brittney married her husband Kyle in November 2013. Kyle is a Captain in the Army and had the privilege to serve as Commander for the Bravo Company at the Warrior Transition Battalion in San Antonio. He currently serves on the 3rd WMD Civil Support Team (CST).
Greg honorably served four years as an Army Infantryman at Fort Drum, New York with a deployment to Afghanistan. He is currently working to complete his bachelor’s degree in Transportation and Logistics Management at the University of Wisconsin Superior (UWS). Shortly after transitioning from the service, Greg was having difficulties finding purpose in life until he discovered 23rd Veteran. In 23rd Veteran’s infancy, Greg led a successful fundraising event for the organization and has been assisting with the Nearly Naked Ruck March ever since.
He believes that to find purpose in life you must create purpose and this is one of the fundamental reasons as to why he supports 23rd Veteran. Greg lives in northern Minnesota with his girlfriend Erica, who is also studying at UWS, and their German Shepherd Dog, Detective Murtaugh.
"Donating to 23rd Veteran is my chance to serve those who've sacrificed so much for me".- sustaining donor