Austin is medically retired from the United States Army from injuries received from multiple combat tours to Afghanistan as an infantryman. His journey post-injury to medical retirement has taken him through a system broken in many ways. Undaunted by an often labyrinthian process, he instead made significant connections within the Department of Veterans Affairs, cultivating positive relationships.
Drawing on his own experience navigating this new set of battles at home, Austin is dedicating his retirement time to help veterans connect who are suffering and isolating post combat to be 'at Rest' and heal.
Carla has designed the W.A.R. program focused on Brain Health for our combat warriors from a functional medicine standpoint.
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Joe is a Marine out of uniform who served in as an infantryman in both 1st Battalion 5th Marines as well as saw combat in 2003 while assigned to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion.
He was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received in support of Iraqi Freedom on April 5, 2003.
Following his service in the Marine Corps in 2008, Joe went on to serve his community in Nashville TN, as police officer where he worked his way through the ranks from patrol to specialized investigations detective.
During this time period, Joe utilized the Post 9/11 GI Bill where he worked to pursue an undergraduate and graduate degree.
Since retirement, Joe has dedicated his time to continue to serve by advocating for veterans and ultimately becoming the Director of Development-DOD.
Erin is a wife, mom and caregiver/veteran advocate. She has been married to her husband for 15 years and spending the last 5 dedicated to helping Military Families.
She volunteers with Hearts of Valor as a peer facilitator for caregivers helping them navigate life with a veteran. She also works as a Primary Care Medical Clerk for the Orlando VA.
Erin hopes to bring her knowledge of resources and life experiences as a wife and caregiver to her own veteran into WOW, in hopes to help others realize they are not alone in this journey and that with the help of this program they will be able to find a new normal too.