Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army Reserve
Master’s in Management, Strategy,
Leadership from Michigan State University
Once home, Santiago’s PTSD left him feeling disconnected and struggling. SOF has been instrumental in helping Santiago move forward to a new, successful chapter in his life. He began working as a Warriors to Work Specialist helping veterans for Wounded Warrior Project and discovered that helping his fellow veterans was also helping him heal and move forward. He soon realized, however, that in order to move to a position in which he could make a larger impact in the veteran community he would need more education. A fellow veteran told him about Sentinels of Freedom. With SOF’s assistance, he is now pursuing his Master of Science in Management, Strategy, and Leadership at Michigan State University.
Santiago’s goal is to leverage his military experience and education into a leadership role for the veteran community. He continues to serve his nation in the Army Reserves as a Senior Instructor in the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy helping train the Army’s next generation of leaders. He also volunteers for several veteran service organizations and is a devoted husband and father of three children.