Mike joined the Marine Corps as an Infantryman a week after high-school. In 2001 he spent 6 months in the Pacific Ocean where he experienced building schools in Indonesia, training on islands of Japan, and preparing for non-lethal extraction of a U.S. Ambassador.
In 2002 Mike was meritoriously promoted to a non-commissioned officer for his dedication and duties as a Marine. Afterward, he deployed to Kuwait as a show of force leading to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mike and his unit were the first to cross the border in the initial invasion of Iraq, spending his 21st birthday securing enemy prisoners of war near Al-Bashara. He returned from combat after 8 months overseas and was honorably discharged into civilian life.
Following the Marine Corps, Mike obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, managed Federal Buildings and U.S. Courthouses throughout the Midwest, returned to Purdue to learn Entrepreneurship through EBV, and has found his life purpose in serving other veterans.
Brittney Becker comes to 23rd Veteran with seven years of non-profit event and development experience. Brittney grew up in Wichita, Kansas and recognized her love for details and events from an early age. She attended college at Texas A&M University in College Station and graduated with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Business. After graduation, she was an Event Planner at the Alamodome. Searching for a deeper sense of purpose in her work, she became a Development Manager for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) where she got to plan and execute galas and walks that raised millions of dollars for the organization.
Brittney married her husband Kyle in November 2013. Kyle is a Captain in the Army and had the privilege to serve as Commander for the Bravo Company at the Warrior Transition Battalion in San Antonio. He currently serves on the 3rd WMD Civil Support Team (CST).
Mike Engle Served in the Army from 1987 to 1993 bringing to bear a number of skills and specialized training with a team operating in various locations around the world. After returning to civilian life Mike married and has three children. Two boys who currently serve in the Air Force and Army with a teenage daughter at home. In his professional career, Mike has been involved in large equipment manufacturing leading to the CEO and future owner of his companies. Despite his professional success, Mike never felt fulfilled outside his commitment to his family. It was his connection to 23rd Veteran and the 23V Recon program that Mike found real purpose in life, something bigger than himself and that made a difference. Peace, gratitude, and purpose now drive his life. Being a part of 23rd Veteran is what he feels is the culmination of his life experience and is both humbling and an honor to be involved in. Mike has dedicated himself to helping fellow veterans get to a place of peace and joy that they have earned.
"Donating to 23rd Veteran is my chance to serve those who've sacrificed so much for me".- sustaining donor