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Retired Army SFC Dan Jarvis was deployed to a combat zone in Afghanistan in 2011. Shortly after his arrival, he stepped on a pressure plate and detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) five feet from his position on the patrol. The IED inflicted a traumatic brain injury. He insisted on continuing to lead his troops on the battlefield instead of convalescing, however the Battalion surgeon ordered him out for a week before rejoining his Soldiers. After weeks of no sleep, as a result of the IED blast, he led his squad on a mission to escort an explosive team to defuse a bomb found by another Platoon. His role in the lead vehicle was to detect IEDs on the route, to ensure safe passage for the other vehicles in the convoy. An undetected IED exploded under the fourth vehicle in the convoy, taking the life of SPC Doug Cordo. Dan felt responsible for the loss of one of his Soldiers.
Near the end of his deployment, Dan received a Red Cross message informing him that his mother was deathly ill. He immediately left Afghanistan and headed to the United States in hopes of seeing his mom before she took her last breath. Unfortunately, he did not make it in time to say good-bye before she died, which weighed heavily on him. After her funeral, Dan returned to his assigned duty station in Fairbanks, Alaska. Burdened under the weight of such guilt and still unable to sleep, Dan self-medicated with alcohol, binge drinking each night until he feel asleep.
On the night of March 2, 2013, he contemplated suicide – eyeing the rifle in the corner and convincing himself that it would be easy to end the mental torture. Hearing the pitter-patter of little feet on the floor of the apartment above him, he realized he would potentially endanger those kids if a bullet was fired. Not long after, he passed out from the alcohol. He awoke the next morning to a call informing him that one of the soldiers from his former Platoon, SPC Corey Smathers, had shot and killed himself the night prior. Questioning how they missed the signs that Smathers was struggling, Dan realized that he too was masking the signs from those he knew and loved. Dan and the other men struggled emotionally as they grieved their fellow brother and Soldier. Watching the men struggle and worrying that he may “green light” one of them to do the same, Dan resolved that he would not take his own life. However, the mental torture remained as did the binge drinking each night.
Due to multiple combat injuries, Dan medically retired from the Army on September 11, 2014 and returned home to Winter Haven, Florida. He quickly busied himself by reentering the law enforcement profession. Mutual friends introduced Dan to his future wife in January 2015, whom he married in April 2016. All the while, he hid his struggles and the need to self-medicate. Unfortunately, his combat injuries forced his retirement from law enforcement in May of 2017.
With little to occupy his time, the weight of his military experiences, and transition out of service began to manifest more visibly in his drinking, depression, nightmares, night sweats, and negative outlook. His wife strongly encouraged him to seek help, and he contacted the local VA Office. The VA diagnosed Dan with Post Traumatic Stress and began to treat him with prolonged exposure therapy, which tormented him nearly as much as the trauma he had experienced. He opted not to continue this line of treatment.
Months later, Dan met Retired Army Lt. Colonel Scott Mann, who introduced him to professionals in alternative treatments, such as Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) and Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories (RTM) Protocol. Dan’s experience with alternative therapies was so life-changing that he was compelled to help others find the same relief from traumatic memories.
For 31 years, Kimberly Garrett served the Polk County, FL, community as a law enforcement officer. She retired from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at the rank of Lieutenant in 2015. Kim returned to the Sheriff’s Office in 2017, and currently serves as a Property/Evidence Paraprofessional. She also operates her own business, Audio 2 Ink Transcriptions, LLC.
Kim holds a Bachelor Degree in Organizational Management from Warner University, is a Certified Public Manager (Florida State University), is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute 122nd Administrative Officers Course (University of Louisville), and is trained in Crisis Intervention.
Kim is fully committed to the mission of 22Zero, and is passionately contributing her time, experience, and talents to saving lives.
Jeff Messner grew up in Winter Haven, Florida. He graduated from Winter Haven High School where he met Dan Jarvis, a fellow wrestler for the Winter Haven Blue Devils.
After graduating from the University of Central Florida in 1995, Jeff worked for a few national corporations before starting his own advertising/publishing company in 2000. His company served churches by providing publications free of charge to the church, paid for by advertisers.
Building his company to a national platform set the stage for its sale in 2012. Jeff fulfilled a five year management relationship as the Senior Vice President of Sales before moving on professionally. Now, Jeff serves as the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Certipay, a national payroll company.
Jeff grew up in a close-knit home where stewardship was the standard. He’s been married to his wife, Teri, for 22 years and has three college age daughters and an 11-year old son. Throughout his life he’s made full stewardship a hallmark of his existence. For the past 10 years, he’s served as the chair for his church’s Pastoral Committee. He’s also served on the St Joseph Catholic School Board, the Impact Volleyball Academy board, as well a guest mentor for the University of Notre Dame Business Leadership program.
Jeff’s humbled to serve on the board of 22Zero and fully believes in its mission and potential to positively impact so many lives!
Mark Newby has dedicated the majority of his life to service, retiring as a US Army Lt. Colonel after 27 years. During this time, as part of U.S. Central Command’s Antiterrorism and Force Protection Program, he led tens of thousands of military personnel in 20 different countries, including two combat zones. Mark also served as the Lead Trainer of Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) Senior Level Leaders in Bagdad, Iraq for two years. He was Lead Planner for multiple Counter Anti-Narcotic Terrorism Missions throughout Central America, seizing over $200M in contraband. Mark was responsible for managing a $3.7M annual operating budget. He currently is an Analyst/Senior Simulation Work Station Controller for the Mission Command Training Program.
Mark holds a Masters of Science Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
Mark is committed to the cause and brings a depth of experience and knowledge to help accomplish our mission.