I am a writer, director, and veteran of the Iraq War. Born and raised on the central California coast, I enlisted in the Army when I turned 21 and served as an Infantry Paratrooper in the renowned 82nd Airborne. In 2010, I was deployed in Operation Unified Response, where I supported the humanitarian and security services after the earthquake that devastated Haiti. The following year, I was deployed to Iraq as an infantryman for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.
Like many of my peers, I felt ready to take on the world after being honorably discharged in 2015. Unfortunately, what I and my fellow paratroopers had experienced overseas was not an easy burden to bear.
I coped as well as I knew how. After many failed attempts to right the course of my life and become a happy, useful member of society, I finally reached a point of desperation. Not knowing where else to turn, I made the choice to pursue a life long dream of making films—a decision that saved my life.
Now I dedicate my life to helping other veterans in the same position. I am currently enrolled in the screenwriting program at Loyola Marymount University. My goal in making films is to give voice to the countless thousands of service men and women who suffer from PTSD and other war-related injuries—while also honoring those who never made it home.