Doug served as an infantry rifleman in the United States Marine Corps from 2006-2010, and in 2007 deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since leaving the military Doug earned his Bachelor’s degree in Film and works full time as a photographer and veteran advocate. His military experience and background in film give him a unique platform to use movies as a way of discussing the veteran experience, has he did here in the New York Times with American Sniper and with Dunkirk for Foreign Policy.
Since his fellowship training with High Ground, Doug completed a one year leadership training program with Camaraderie Foundation and is now on their medical advisory board. Doug also recently became a member of Rep Murphy’s Veteran Advisory Council. He is continuing his research and gathering evidence to support reform of the military’s Transition Readiness Seminar. Doug is the owner of a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business in Orlando, Florida, where he provides professional photography services.
"Our military spends months, sometimes years training its recruits for their roles in the military. Four years and multiple deployments later, service members attend a one week course preparing them to exit the military - this is unacceptable. We need a military that not only prepares it's soldiers for war, but shows them how to come home. The best way to do this is by preemptively addressing a veteran's psychological needs while they attend the Transition Readiness Seminar.”