Joshua served in the United States Navy for 10 years doing several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. When he returned from Afghanistan he was diagnosed with PTSD and was soon after discharged from the Navy as he was unable to perform his regular functions. He had the support of family and friends but soon felt he was a burden and ended up on the streets for a time before moving to Texas for a promising job that eventually moved him to Paducah, Kentucky. Here Josh moved into a tiny house he had built on Wheels in the Duck Creek RV park off Exit 11. This is where Josh found friendly faces and other Veterans who would eventually push him to get the help he needed. This sense of “community” provided him by the Veteran residents in the Duck Creek RV park spawned the idea of what Community for Heroes is today. His hope is that these communities can change others lives for the better like it did him.
Charles (Butch) Wyatt
Butch is a retired (26 year) Navy veteran with a (90%) disability. He did four deployments to the Middle East/Far East, along with one European deployment and one North pacific deployment. He is married with 3 daughters and one son. He's from southern Indiana and currently has a business there along with his three brothers. After spending 26 years in the Navy, he worked as an Aircraft Power plant mechanic and as a project production engineer on the Blackhawk and Apache helicopters training systems for E-Systems. He has also worked as a project estimator/Manger and qualifying agent for a commercial construction company.
Michael comes from a Family of both Veterans and First Responders. Michael himself is a 20-year retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer, while his brother spent 26 years In the US Army and is a retired Warrant Officer, who is still serving the community as a Federal Agent. In addition, their father served for 8 years in the Marine Corp. Michael, his brother and father are all Disabled Veterans. Michael also has a son that is a Marine Corp Veteran and is currently a DOD Firefighter and a Sister that is a Nurse Practitioner. Michael is committed to giving back to his fellow brothers in arms and first responders. Defenders’ Retreat at Silver Point in Silver Point, TN was purchased by Michael years ago and this 259 Acre parcel is now being transformed into a place where Veterans will have a place to utilize that will provide them with the help needed to get back into the civilian workforce. In addition, Defenders’ Retreat at Silver Point will provide a place where people can come relax, enjoy family outings, camp, listen to live music, and mingle with Veterans and First Responders. A portion of the proceeds from all of the events will go to help better the lives of our Veterans and First Responders.
Although not a Veteran, David is the son of an Army Veteran. He has been in the Business Development and Project Management side of his own construction company for over 30+ years. He has done both commercial and residential construction and his knowledge of the construction industry is beneficial to the overall goal of Community for Heroes. He has a passion for Veterans because of the ethics instilled in him by his father and the service they have provided our country, both of which have afforded him the opportunity to have a long successful career in the construction industry.
Bobby is a USAF veteran, son of an Army veteran and grandson of both Navy and Air Force veterans. He has over 25 years career experience as a Federal Aviation inspector, being a licensed I.A. (Inspection Authorization) inspector. His Air Force career made him responsible for the airworthiness of a variety of aircrafts. After the Air Force, Bobby has worked in the construction industry throughout Middle Tennessee. In addition, Bobby has served in Governor Bill Lee's Consituency Services office and was also the Dean of Students at North Central Institute in Clarksville, TN.
Another on the team that is not a veteran but has many family ties to the military community beginning with his oldest brother serving in Vietnam to most recently having his Marine son complete three tours in Iraq. Robert, the President/COO of DNI Corp, has been in the Targeted Marketing and Communications business for over 35 years and brings extensive experience to the team to help market and promote Community for Heroes. Robert is passionate about finding ways to help our veterans and first responders and is committed to giving back to those who have fought and given so much for the freedom we all enjoy every day.