Tommy Rowland was born and raised on Oahu, Hawai'i before enlisting in the Marines in January 2012. He split his enlisted time between sunny 29 Palms, CA and much sunnier Helmand Province, Afghanistan with 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion in a counter-IED role in 2013. In 2016 he left active-duty to pursue college full-time. A year after his separation and looking for a renewed sense of purpose Tommy Rowland participated in The Mission Continues Fellowship program and served as a junior researcher for Swords to Plowshares. For the last two years, he has continued to work for Swords to Plowshares. At this agency, he has been focused on the education of veterans and advocacy as both a veteran and student leader.
“Do you believe we have done enough for veterans in America?” Tommy does not. We have made significant progress in improving the lives of generations of veterans. There is still more work to be done. Entire demographics and hundreds of thousands of veterans from the Vietnam era to the present have been denied access to care.
Tommy Rowland grew up in Hawaii, a place where there is a culture of people taking care of their community. He is dedicated to improving access to care for veterans because of the proven difference that it yields in veteran's lives. He is most concerned about improving access to care for some of the most vulnerable populations, at the intersection of age, gender and mental health where disparities have most commonly occurred.