On this episode of Cigars and Sea Stories, Mike and Bennett are sitting down with Greg Jumes, the founder of Victor App. Greg is a fellow Marine with an interesting story.
He enlisted in July 2006, shortly after graduating high School. Greg was deployed to the Al Anbar province in Iraq, as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During this deployment he conducted over 400 mobile combat patrols, resulting in a multitude of direct action raids and capturing numerous High Value Targets. During this period of immersion in a new culture, Greg learned the importance of cooperating with individuals from different walks of life, as well as communicating despite language barriers. He developed key skills in leadership, management, and key operational skills, as well as gaining an appreciation for recognizing the commonality that all people share, despite cultural differences. This only increased his resolve to help and protect others, understanding that on a basic level, we all share very ubiquitous motivations.
Greg's USMC deployment ended February 2008, and his Marine Corps enlistment ended in January of 2010. After being deactivated, he attended a two day seminar to prepare him for his return to civilian life. Without any direction of what he should do after his time in the service, he returned to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where he was raised; the only destination he knew outside of military life. This began a cycle of depression, feelings of being lost, and drug use.
Without the auspices of his fellow brothers, or orders to follow, he felt as though he no longer belonged in civilian life, even going through a bout of homelessness, in which he relied on the generosity of friends for a place to stay. Living on an air mattress, down to the last few dollars in his pocket, desperation and depression had become a day-to-day reality, when he saw a hiring ad for an international security firm called Triple Canopy. Less than 24 hours later, received an offer letter that would begin a 4 year career as a high-threat Security Contractor.
During his time as a contractor, he worked throughout Kuwait, Afganistan, and Iraq. Known for his trademark Hawaiian shirts, Greg provided training and security services to local and international personnel, identifying and mitigating potential threats, and honing methods to assess and expand intel that directly contributed to the safety and efficiency of operations.
It was through these experiences and skills that he realized how he could best help others avoid the turbulence that he went through. Recognizing that active service members could be better served by utilizing their skills of planning and efficiency, as well as information gathering, Greg decided to form Victor Tech. The goal: to create a platform with which they and their families could successfully manage their own transition back to civilian life. Through working with recruiters, educational organizations, local businesses, and health providers his goal is to create a platform that will help veterans plan a successful and meaningful life after service.
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