Jake Hughes grew up in Houston, Texas.

He joined the Army in 2003 and trained as an M1A2 tank crewman. Based for six years at Fort Riley, Kansas and Fort Hood, Texas — he deployed twice to Iraq.

Later, he reclassified as a military broadcast journalist, which led to an assignment with the American Forces Network in Dongducheon, South Korea. He served as a drill sergeant at Fort Benning, Georgia — then later as an Operations NCO with The Old Guard, the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, at Fort Myer, Virginia.

Medically retired in 2016, Jake tried his hand at long-haul truck driving. Quickly deciding that wasn’t the lifestyle for him, he returned — with the help of the Department of Veterans Affairs and a number of private organizations — to work in broadcasting.

In his free time, Jake enjoys playing drums and video games and building Lego models.

Connect: @JaketheArmyGuy | Jake@ConnectingVets.com

Jake’s latest stories:

Disabled American veterans fight for post-9/11 caregiver benefits

9 years, 5,000 miles and 29 pairs of shoes: How one woman is helping homeless vets

Meet the Army vet who is fighting to end female veteran homelessness

For love of country & coffee: How this U.S. Army Special Forces vet combined his two passions to create a successful business

Working with — not for — veterans to get help they need


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