I served in Mosul and Kirkuk, Iraq with the Michigan Army National Guard from 2003 to 2004. I was a part of a small engineering detachment comprised of an incredible team of carpenters, electricians, and plumbers that built base infrastructure and supported city services. After deployment I returned to college but was unable to get the education benefits I had earned. When I first joined IAVA not only did I recognize myself in their members and staff but they were taking action on this very issue. Now I work for Goodwill of Silicon Valley as the Senior Business Developer connecting homeless and low income veterans with quality jobs. I will bring to Washington the stories of veterans who failed to receive the mental health support that they needed. I grew up in Boyne City, MI and currently live in San Francisco, CA.