Major, U.S. Marine Corps
University of San Diego Law School | GOAL: Juris Doctor
During his 18 years of service, Doug completed five deployments, four of which were combat tours for Operation Iraqi Freedom and one to the West Pacific. It was in April of 2003 during his first deployment to Iraq while serving as a Platoon Commander that he was initially injured from several rocket propelled grenades impacting within feet of his vehicle. Subsequently, in 2008 he was medevaced from Iraq to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received in combat. In 2010, Doug was officially diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder while hospitalized at the National Intrepid Center for Excellence in Bethesda, Maryland.
Doug initially struggled to start over while matriculating into graduate school to pursue a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego and simultaneously focusing on his recovery. He was accepted to Sentinels of Freedom in 2018 receiving financial support over the next 2 ½ years as well and mentoring, networking, and encouragement along the way. Doug was introduced to a financial coach and other resources in the San Diego area as needed. Having passed the bar exam, Doug is now partnered with an estate planning attorney, who is also a retired Marine, and will be working as an attorney in trust and estates primarily assisting veterans and first responders. He is graciously now giving back to Sentinel’s of Freedom, offering his services to fellow Sentinels in the California area.