Jared McGowen is a former US Marine who is passionate about helping others succeed in life. He graduated boot camp in 2003 and went on to complete the School of Infantry followed by Light Armored Vehicle Crewman (LAV) School. Upon graduation of his infantry training, Jared was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina with 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalion. In September 2004, Jared deployed to Fallujah, Iraq and served as the driver for the company ambulance LAV. During the deployment, he and the other marines fought in Operation Phantom Fury, the battle of Fallujah. Jared completed more than fifteen combat medical evacuations throughout his seven months in country. In September 2006, he deployed yet again to Iraq, this time Jared served as a Vehicle Commander on a LAV and functioned as the lead vehicle for his platoon, company and battalion. During his seven month deployment, Jared conducted more than 300 combat patrols, 20 cordon and searches, and 100 snap vehicle checkpoints, resulting in the discovery of 3 major weapons caches and the detention of 20 insurgents.
Upon being discharged from the marines, Jared faced various challenges with his transition back into civilian life including anger, anxiety, confusion, and depression. He was able to grab hold of his issues and face them head-on. Today, Jared, a veteran keynote speaker, has a successful career with a Fortune 15 company, is a published author and has earned three college degrees, a bachelor's of marketing, master's of business administration, and a master's of communication. Through his book and speaking engagements, his mission is to inspire others, especially veterans to take action and attack life with the heart of a marine.