2017 Expedition

Branch of Service: United States Marine Corps

State: Virginia

Wade served from 2001-2005 as an Infantry Assaultman, assigned to 1st Battalion 5th Marine Regiment. He deployed three times to Iraq. During his second deployment, he was wounded by an IED, pulled out of a burning truck by his platoon commander, and dragged to safety by two fellow Marines.

After completing four years of active duty service, Wade drove cross-country, camping with his brother. After returning home, Wade enrolled at George Washington University, where he was active in veteran issues on campus and Capitol Hill.

After years of trying to find his career path, Wade was compelled last year to take a break from his current career and reconnect with his fellow Marines that he had served with. This, he says, was the best decision he could have made at that point in his life. Now, he continues to explore interests such as gardening, outdoor activities, writing and volunteering in his free time.

Through Warriors to Summits, Wade wants to break down the mental shields that he has put up to deal with the pain and loss he has experienced. He hopes to overcome his barriers by pouring himself into nature, camaraderie, and with help, accomplishing a goal larger than himself.

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