A Farewell to Brandon Young
By Dan Brostek, Director of Marketing and Communications
Since 2014, Brandon Young has served as the Director of Development for Team Red, White & Blue, developing and maintaining strategic partnerships and identifying growth opportunities to ensure the success of veteran enriching programs. Over those three and a half years, Brandon has completely dedicated himself to Team RWB and Eagle Nation and I’ve been able to witness firsthand the impact he has on had on this organization at every level. From the strategic relationships he shaped…to the community he impacted as a Chapter Captain in Denver…to the individual lives of both veterans and civilians he touches on a daily basis, his presence is always felt and will surely be missed. This quote epitomizes Brandon’s personal mission as both a veteran and Team RWB employee.
“I work with and for veterans every day and it is one of the greatest honors of my life. I humbly submit that veterans are the leaders America is reaching for right now… Today, as veterans, we have the opportunity to speak our minds. To opt in or out on a topic. Our countrymen are starving to hear from us and in some respects, we have a responsibility to them still, to serve and to lead.” – Brandon Young
Brandon’s experience in the Army and Corporate America provided an amazing foundation of knowledge and experience that helped Team RWB become what it is today. Brandon enlisted in the U.S. Army directly out of high school, serving 11 years, primarily with the 2nd Ranger Battalion and 75th Ranger Regiment. He conducted 4 combat rotations to Afghanistan and competed in the 2006 Best Ranger Competition, placing 3rd with his partner. He’s conducted Special Operations missions in support of the Global War on Terror, and was the Operations Planner and Personal Security Detachment to the Commanding General of West Point during his last deployment. Upon leaving the military, Brandon spent the next six years with Quest Diagnostics in Cancer Diagnostics and Commercial Leadership.
“I have seen Team RWB blossom from a young, hungry movement into a sustainable impact organization enriching veterans lives across the country. We have grown to over 125k members, 217 locations and begun a compelling body of research to uncover insights that will ultimately serve veterans, military families and all Americans through improved health, authentic relationships and sense of purpose. I am so proud to have been a part of this journey!” – Brandon Young
July 31st, 2017 will mark Brandon’s last day with Team RWB to pursue an opportunity of service with another community. Effective August 15th, Brandon will become the first Chief Advancement Officer for the Tennyson Center for Children, serving severely abused, neglected, and traumatized kids in Colorado.
“In the coming years, we will reimagine the way we serve youth in crisis, inspire and empower them to live full lives and then give away the model to any state that chooses to replicate success. Additionally, I will fully embrace the opportunity to be home with Kelly, Jaden and Elliot (every night) after a 20-year career full of travel.” – Brandon Young
Brandon has been my battle buddy since I joined Team RWB over two years ago. We’ve worked closely on a variety of initiatives, talked shop all the time…and discussed personal challenges we’ve faced within our own lives. Brandon is more than a colleague. He has become a dear friend that I admire and seek advice from on a continuous basis. I know I speak for Eagle Nation when I say, “Thank You!” for everything you have done for our team and America’s veterans. Godspeed, brother! We wish you and your family the best of luck in your future endeavors. We know you won’t be too far away…and will always continue to rock the Eagle!
For those of you that may not know Brandon as well as I do, he has contributed a significant amount of thought leadership to the veteran space. These are just a few examples of powerful pieces that Brandon has written through the years. Definitely check them out if you haven’t had a chance.
- Eagle Nation Podcast (Episode #53) – Former Ranger/Current Team RWB Director of Development Brandon Young on sharing your story, what Veterans really need, and assimilation
- Isolation and Relationships After the Military: A Ranger Speaks (The Havok Journal)
- “Give It Over To The Road:” Turning 37, Looking Back, And The Acceptance Of Life (The Havok Journal)
- A Message from Your RIP Instructor (The Havok Journal)