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Jason Miller, HEAD PROGRAM GUIDE & SHEPHERD

Jason R. Miller is a Retired United States Air Force Veteran serving in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He responded to New York City at Ground Zero the evening of September 11th and nine days later he was deployed with 355th Expeditionary Squadron to begin the fight in the Global War on Terrorism. This was the first of four combat tours in which he served over the next seven years within both Afghanistan and Iraq.

 

In 2001, Jason was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal while assigned to work alongside SEAL Team 3 leading up to the first attacks that took place on 7 OCT 2001. During his 2008 deployment in Baghdad, Iraq, Jason was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal for his Act of Courage while engaged in battle by the enemy in route from Baghdad International Airport to the US Embassy in Baghdad's Green Zone. Today, Jason resides in Bethlehem, PA and spends his time volunteering with Veteran Organizations which provides him with a sense of purpose and a way for him to continue to “Pay it Forward.”

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Forrest Lang, Alumni Affairs & SHEPHERD

Forrest Lang is an author, speaker, and professional tattoo artist. An alumnus of the California foster care system, he joined the Navy at 18 after two years of homelessness. He began his career of tattooing in 2004 while serving as a line corpsman in Iraq. 

Forrest volunteered as a shepard with the SPARTA Project since its inception in 2015.

In 2020, he completed Angel Blue, a memoir about trauma recovery. 

Forrest resides in La Jolla, CA, with his fiancé and daughter.

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Justin Davis, Director of Alumni Affiars & SHEPHERD

Justin has spent his life in service to this country.  He started in 1987 as a Hospital Corpsman with the US Navy.  He participated in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm as a Fleet Marine Force (FMF) Corpsman with 1st Marine Division in 1990 and 1991.

 

After many years of struggle, Justin finally sought treatment for his Post Traumatic Stress at the San Diego VA Medical Center while living at The Veterans Village of San Diego.

For the past eight years, Justin has been a civilian federal employee with his most recent role working for the Department of the Navy in the San Diego area.  He also has a private practice as a life coach with a focus on veterans and male personal transformation.  He volunteers his time as a San Diego County Veterans Court Mentor and Sponsor of combat veterans. 

 

In 2018, Justin participated in The Sparta Project curriculum with Cohort 009.  His experience there created a series of significant shifts in his wellbeing, his relationship with himself and his over-all life trajectory.

 

Justin has Bachelor’s in Business Management and is a licensed Peer Support Specialist. He has multiple Veteran Program Affiliations including: 

 

• Veterans Village of San Diego- Alumni

• Triple Threat Combat Support Group- Sponsor

• San Diego Veteran’s Court- Mentor

• Team Red White and Blue- Member

• The Sparta Project- Alumni Cohort 009