After Mike’s service in the Marine Corps Infantry, he obtained a business degree and went on to manage U.S. Courthouses and Federal Buildings. Roughly 5 years after combat Mike fell into severe symptoms of PTSD. His anxiety and panic attacks, night terrors, isolation, and depression lasted for half a decade. Eventually he stumbled upon a return path to hope and happiness through particular physical activities and socialization. He dove into research to learn why this worked for him, and why it’s so effective with military members and combat veterans.
Mike returned to college at Purdue University to grow his skills in entrepreneurship so he could help other suffering veterans find their path to hope and happiness. In 2015 Mike left behind his career to launch 23rd Veteran. Under which he lead the development of a reconditioning playbook that is intentionally and effectively retraining brains to create strong social relationships, reduce the negative effects of common “triggers”, and increase happiness in our veterans and civilians.
Brittney Becker comes to 23rd Veteran with 6.5 years of non-profit event and development experience. Brittney grew up in Wichita, KS and recognized her love for details and events when she was in High School. She attended college at Texas A&M University in College Station (WHOOP!) and graduated with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Business. She moved immediately after graduation to begin her career as an Event Planner at the Alamodome. Brittney got to taste the “big event” life she always found interesting. It was a growing and affirming time for her in her skills, but a deeper sense of purpose was something her heart longed for in her work. That desire led her to become a Development Manager for 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. They now live in Annville, PA where Brittney works remotely for 23rd Veteran and Kyle 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 now that to find purpose in life you must create purpose, this is one of the fundamental reasons as to why he believes 23rd Veteran is worth fighting for. Greg is from a small town in northern MN, where he currently resides with his amazing girlfriend, Erica Bauer who is also studying at UWS and his German Shepherd Dog, Detective Murtaugh.
"Donating to 23rd Veteran is my chance to serve those who've sacrificed so much for me".- sustaining donor