A clinical psychologist who is both a combat veteran and a former first responder himself, David founded Project Healing Heroes in 2016 to facilitate resiliency and reintegration for other combat veterans, service members, first responders, and their family members as they serve our nation both at home and abroad. Throug his own experiences and clinical work, he recognized that PTSD and suicide are two of the most challenging issues facing our veterans and first responders today.
David served as the PTSD Program Manager at the VA Medical Center in Waco, TX, the third largest PTSD program in the country for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is also a Lt Col in the Air Force Reserves at the United States Air Force Academy and experienced firsthand the cost of war on our military men and women - and their families - after serving as a NATO Medical Advisor in Kandahar, Afghanistan. As the Medical Advisor to the commander of Kandahar Airfield (COMKAF), David was responsible for 28 countries’ medical assets and for notifying the country or service of those KIA (killed in action) as well as any civilians. His other responsibilities included medical response to casualties from rocket attacks, which occurred daily, and serving as an advisor to the US Army mental health team.
For David’s tireless efforts to NATO, the Air Force and our country, he received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the third highest Department of Defense award given. In addition, he is a two-time national and Congressional award winner, first with the Disabled American Veterans National Commanders Award for the Department of Veteran Affairs in 2012 and then in 2014 from the Air Force Association as the Department of Veterans Affairs employee of the year. David was also in the top 2 percent of all federal agents at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA.
Along with his military- and mental health-related career, David has professional experience as a computer engineer, hospital chaplain, Lean Six Sigma blackbelt and strategic management liaison.
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