Warrior Relations Executive Vice President
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 and today serves as warrior relations executive vice president. In this role, John works with all WWP program teammates to ensure effective, life-changing service to warriors and oversees the professional advocates who represent warriors in obtaining the federal benefits they’re entitled to.
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 in March 1992. 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 of his right arm and lives with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). John has become a passionate advocate for raising awareness about living with PTSD.
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 was asked by the Under Secretary for the Veterans Benefits Administration of the VA to take part of a six-month temporary assignment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he assisted newly injured wounded warriors.
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.