Bryan’s mental health story began in Tikrit, Iraq in 2008 when he was shot during an ambush while on patrol. Bryan came back to the U.S. to pursue his college degree as a recipient of a Purple Heart, but nothing could prepare him for how rough the transition would be to campus life and his struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Today, Bryan shares his moving story of trauma, stigma, and alcohol abuse with active military, veterans, and civilians alike to reinforce the importance of seeking help. A tireless advocate for veterans rights, Bryan seeks to empower others, and when they cannot speak up for themselves, he hopes that by sharing his story he can speak up for them. Bryan graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and an impressive résumé of work with Active Minds, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), and Student Veterans of America (SVA). Bryan is currently the Veteran Services Coordinator in the Rutgers University Office of Veteran and Military Programs and Services. In that capacity, Bryan is the main point-of-contact for veteran, military, and eligible family members in navigating services within Rutgers University as well as prospective students. In his free time, Bryan enjoys gardening and grows a variety of fruits and vegetables, which he enjoys cooking and canning. He finds the entire process brings him peace and fosters unity with nature.