Veterans and Mental Health Advocate
Michael has spent his entire career in the Army and serving veterans and their families. In his current role as the executive vice president of independence services and mental health at Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), Michael is responsible for planning, managing, and executing WWP’s mental health continuum of support. Prior to assuming his present position, Michael served as the WWP national director for physical health and wellness for WWP. Michael began his military service as a 17-year-old private and retired 32 years later as a medical service corps lieutenant colonel. He last served as the director of the disability evaluation system for Army Medicine as part of the Army staff. He also commanded the Warrior Transition Battalion for Europe from 2010 to 2012, which is when his relationship with WWP began. During his change of command, Michael commented “Wounded Warrior Project was pivotal in the development of the battalion’s effective adaptive sports and fitness program, which positively affected the lives of our warriors and their families. WWP helped shape the culture of the organization.” Michael’s awards and decorations include two Legions of Merit, a Bronze Star, five Meritorious Service Medals, and various other medals and decorations. He also earned the Airborne, Air Assault, and Expert Field Medical Badges and is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit. Michael holds a master’s degree in public administration (health) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a bachelor’s in economics from the University of Hawaii.