Our Veterans signed up to preserve our freedoms and protect our nation.
We know firsthand the sacrifices they’re called on to make. Their spouses sacrifice a great deal as well, often fighting battles at home while their service member fights abroad. These true patriots are the reason we serve.
The stories of these heroes should be recorded and shared so their sacrifices can be honored. In 2022 Our Patriot Stories was formed from a burning desire to do just that. It began with the purpose of helping Veterans share their stories and then quickly evolved to allow spouses to do the same. We seek to memorialize them for their selfless efforts through video recordings that can be cherished forever.
We consider it an honor and a privilege to work with America’s patriots and are grateful for partner programs and organizations who help us serve those who served us. We hope that families will cherish their Veteran and spouse recordings and celebrate their heritage as they carry these memories in their hearts.
Duane grew up enthralled by the stories of his father's experiences serving in the Navy flying blimps as a Naval Aviator. He has a strong connection to the military with 8 family members that are currently serving on active duty, in the reserves, or are Veterans who completed their military service.
With a Master’s Degree from the University of Denver and undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Duane spent 20 years in IT and technology working in leadership, sales, and business development roles. He spent 10 years in leadership coaching, consulting, and as a founder of numerous start-up organizations. Having lost his father (and his military stories) to dementia, he is motivated to help Veterans capture their military service stories so that their experiences can be saved, celebrated and shared with future generations.
Nathan comes from a long line of military Veterans and is an Army Captain currently serving as a Civil Affairs Team Leader in the Army Reserves. In 2006 he joined the Delaware Army National Guard as an Intelligence Analyst and deployed to Baghdad, Iraq for 12 months. In 2008 he was the Delaware State Soldier of the Year. He later served as an Interrogator, Arabic linguist, French linguist, and on active duty as a Military Intelligence Officer with multiple deployments to the Middle East.
With a drive for self-improvement, he completed a Master's Degree in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University. He has a passion for documenting history which has led to over a decade’s experience in recording events and individuals’ personal memoirs. This enthusiasm for capturing history and his love for our Veterans led him to be a founding member of Our Patriot Stories.
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Bart is a Graduate of the University of Southern California with degrees in Political Science and Business Administration. He worked in the White House for United Airlines in Government Affairs. From 1970-1973 he served as the Director of Tourism, World Trade, and Economic Development for the State of California. He was the Executive Vice President for California Sports which included the LA Lakers, Kings, and The Forum. Bart ran the real estate division of Weatherley Capital and served as the director of real estate acquisition and development. He also served as an executive with Century Housing, the largest nonprofit for Veterans and workforce housing. In 2010 he retired and moved to Monterey, California. He is currently also serving on the board of the Korean Health and Education Foundation.
Steve's father and uncle both served in WWII and Steve grew up hearing stories of their service both in the US and overseas. Besides learning of the adventures they had, Steve knew that their service had meaning and positive impact on their families, communities and the nation. Throughout his own service in the Army over the past 25 years, Steve continues to be inspired by the stories of sacrifice and service of his sisters & brothers in arms.
After serving as a metal worker and maintenance officer for several years, Steve became an attorney and a judge advocate in 2009. He is currently a lieutenant colonel and stationed in Germany with his wife and four children.
John Burton is a lifelong fan of military history and a true patriot! For much of his life he has lived near military bases with many friends who are serving and have served domestically and internationally as members of our military. He is an award-winning oil painter who has painted around the globe to capture the landscapes of the world. He is also a renowned digital production designer in the film industry.
John brings decades of graphic design, marketing, social media and digital marketing expertise. He is an incredible creator and loves to connect with others on a personal level. He is deeply passionate about his desires to serve Veterans and preserve their stories of sacrifice for future generations.
Emily has life-long experience as a military family member who knows the sacrifices that our patriots regularly make. She is the daughter of a Veteran, the sister of a Veteran, and the wife of a Veteran. She loves working with the Veteran population and enjoys supporting them and their families.
Emily is a doctoral candidate finishing her degree in Counseling Psychology from Radford University. Over the years she worked in military and VA hospitals providing mental health services to our Veterans as a behavioral health professional. Her clinical and research areas of expertise include trauma, substance abuse, and posttraumatic growth.
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Coming from a long line of military service members dating back to the Civil War, Bryan chose to continue his family's legacy of military service and is currently in the Army National Guard where he serves as a member of the Military Intelligence community and French linguist. He is a compassionate, service-driven professional currently working as a clinical therapist at an integrated healthcare organization based in Phoenix, AZ. He also teaches part-time as an Academic Associate at the Arizona State University School of Social Work.
Bryan completed his Master of Social Work degree at the University of Southern California, with a focus on mental health and military Veterans’ services. He has extensive experience in the military Veterans advocacy space, most recently working at the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services and serving as a Board Member on the City of Phoenix Military Veteran Affairs Commission. He is a valuable addition to this team through his profound example as a caring leader.