John grew up in good ol’ Iowa and joined the Army after failing out of community college. He served multiple combat tours as a Infantry Squad Leader in the 101st Airborne Division. He earned his bachelor’s in history from St. Joseph’s College and his master’s in education from Harvard. John started writing for and coaching student veterans while working for the VA. John has spoken to Congress as a legislative fellow for the Student Veterans of America and has earned numerous volunteer and advocacy awards. He’s active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and US Military Vets Motorcycle Club. John has taught English in Thailand and History to incarcerated teenagers in New York. John’s the most tattooed person with a Harvard degree and is always seeking solid book, travel, workout, and whiskey recommendations.