Joe Debose is co-founder, chief operating officer and director of veteran services for Boots on the Ground LLC. A former U.S. Marine Corps. infantryman, Debose was deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq and received both the Bronze Star and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for valor in combat. While in the military, Debose supervised the conduct and operation of the Water Survival Program for the Marine Forces Pacific Command (MARFORPAC). In this role, he taught and qualified over 3,000 Marines in various levels of water survival. He also served as a senior combat advisor for the Afghan National Army’s base in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.
As a dually enrolled student at Oakland University and Oakland Community College, Debose is currently working toward earning his bachelor’s degree in economics. In addition, he plans to attend graduate school to study neuroscience with the goal of expanding on his research in traditional and alternative drug-free therapies and treatments for post–traumatic stress (PTS), traumatic brain injuries, and pain management.