The Blue Angels Foundation is the most gratifying work I have done. I have such empathy, compassion, and respect for the sailors, airmen, marines, soldiers, and Coast Guardsmen that protect and defend our constitution that I had to continue serving them.
Like many people, I have experienced the ripple effects of losing someone we care about to suicide. The pivotal moment for me was November 5, 2021. Our family was attending the Blue Angels 75th reunion show in Pensacola, FL. Our oldest son, Wyatt, received a phone call informing him that his Naval Academy roommate had taken his life that morning. As a family, we were devastated. I began sobbing and realized that I was in a position to do something through the Blue Angels Foundation to help prevent veteran suicide.
We have a national epidemic of veteran and active-duty suicides that is unacceptable. Seventeen veterans and five active-duty military members take their own lives daily on average. They need support financially to receive the mental and physical help they need to overcome PTSD or other demons they may face.
I have been afforded incredible opportunities in my life and have been blessed with the gift of communication in leadership, so I choose to use those attributes to save the lives of our fellow citizens.