After a triple-stacked tank mine detonated below his vehicle in Al Anbar Province, Iraq in 2004, Jake Schick suffered compound fractures in his left leg and left arm; multiple skin, ligament, and bone losses; varying burns; partial loss of his left hand and arm; amputation below the knee of his right leg, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Jake has undergone over 50 operations, 23 blood transfusions, and countless hours of rehabilitation. Yet, Jake will tell you his physical injuries weren't the worst that happened to him. For years, he dreaded his TBI and PTSD diagnosis, a common condition amongst warriors. "Physical pain reminds you you're alive, mental pain tests your will to stay that way," is a saying that Jake often says regarding mental health. "Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional," is another statement Jake frequently says while being a dealer of hope.
Jake has become a staunch advocate for maximizing the potential in people from all walks of life. He shares his story at public speaking engagements throughout the country, motivating people to be a better version of themselves each day. Jake also raises awareness on the effects of PTSD and the epidemic that claims nearly 22 veterans' lives each day.
Jake is a passionate and fearless leader whose quick-wittedness and stories of inner fortitude have a profound impact on everyone he meets. Jake is currently the CEO of 22KILL, an organization that raises awareness and combats suicide by empowering veterans, first responders, and their families through traditional and non-traditional therapies.
Jake has appeared on James Gandolfini's HBO special "Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq," as well as "60 Minute Sports" and various other local and national venues. Additionally, Jake was featured in roles such as Clint Eastwood's productions, "American Sniper" and "The Mule" and also appeared in Bradley Cooper's production of "A Star is Born."