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Mental Health & Wellness

National Service Director

John Roberts joined Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) in 2007 as the national service director. He received a promotion to the position of mental health and family support executive vice president. John recently returned to his role as national service director to connect, serve, and empower warriors.

John began his career in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1983 to 1997. He received a medical discharge following a prolonged recovery from wounds received in a helicopter crash in the seas of Somalia at the beginning of Operation Restore Hope. John suffered third-degree burns over 80 percent of his body, resulting in the loss of use of his left leg. He also incurred loss of use in his right arm and lives with post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Following military service, John started a career devoted to his fellow wounded veterans. His first job was with Disabled American Veterans, working as a national service officer in the organization’s Houston, Texas, office.

From there, he took on responsibilities as a veterans service representative with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Working in Houston, John moved up the ranks to become a supervisor at the Houston VA regional office. During his first year, the VA named him Houston’s Disabled Federal Employee of the Year. Because of his ability to assist severely injured servicemen and women, he earned a six-month temporary assignment to Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

On March 29, 2007 – exactly 15 years after the date of his injury – John left the VA to become a member of the WWP team in Houston, Texas. 

John connects, serves, and empowers warriors in his role as national service director.




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