10 Veterans Who Are Inspiring the World After Years of Defending It

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THE MISSION

Leading Via Legislation

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Ted Lieu

is a former active duty officer in the U.S. Air Force and currently serves as a colonel in the Reserve. In 2014, Lieu was elected to California’s 33rd Congressional District, where he has since established himself as a leader on protecting the environment, Social Security and Medicare, civil liberties, and veterans.

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Entering a Whole New Arena

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"Iron" Mike Steadman

a Navy veteran, is the founder and CEO of Ironbound Boxing, a nonprofit that provides free amateur boxing training, entrepreneur education, and employment opportunities for Newark youth and young adults.

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THE MISSION

Reshaping the Brain

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Jesse Gould

is founder and president of the Heroic Hearts Project, a nonprofit pioneering psychedelic therapies for military veterans. After being deployed as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan three times, he founded the Heroic Hearts Project in 2017.

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Finding a New Fuel

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Calvin Harris III,

a Coast Guard veteran, is the co-founder of Reveille Trading Company, a venture that works to create relationships with coffee farmers worldwide while bringing better-quality coffee to consumers.

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THE MISSION

Putting the Fun in Fundraising

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Rob Riggle

is an alum of The Daily Show, with roles in The Office and The Hangover. He’s also a retired United States Marine, who has helped out with numerous veteran-related efforts over the years.

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Strengthening Veteran Careers

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Matt Hesse

served in the U.S. Army for six years and later built a sports nutrition company and FitOps, a foundation helping veterans through a program that qualifies them to work as personal trainers. Now he’s creating the University of Health & Performance.

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Teaching Vets to Food Truck

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Kyle Gourlie,

Marine Corps veteran, is a co-founder of The Vet Chef, a food truck operating around the Seattle area that helps vets transition from military to civilian life by way of burrito-making.

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Rucking to Make a Difference

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Matt Pech

is the founder of Ruck for Veterans. He’s an ex-Green Beret, and hosts free beach workouts three times weekly for vets and civilians in Los Angeles.

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Carrying on the Legacy

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James O. Schmidt

was born in 1928. He’s had a military career that has spanned more than 20 years and three wars—and he wants you to hear his story.

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Standing Up for Veterans

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Tony Zapata,

a Vietnam war veteran, has served as a VFW post commander since 2010, where he’s been a galvanizing force for veteran’s causes in East Los Angeles.

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