Mr. Rock served in the United States Army Infantry from 2002 to 2009. He was assigned to the following units: 1st Armored Division 1st Battalion 36th Infantry Regiment (Mechanized), 1st Battalion 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne), and 4th Brigade Combat Team 10th Mountain Division (Light). He has held various positions ranging from Radio-Telephone Operator (RTO), Fireteam Leader, to Personal Security Detail Leader (PSD). He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 with 1st Armored Division 1st Battalion 36th Infantry Regiment (Mechanized).
Being driven to take on every challenge presented, he attended various military schools and courses during his service such as; U.S. Army Basic Training / Infantry School, U.S. Army Nuclear-Biological-Chemical School, U.S. Army Basic Airborne School, U.S. Army Warrior Leadership Course. After his military service he furthered his education by earning a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from Dixie State University. During this time, he was elected twice as the President of the Veteran Student Association and was awarded the Communications Department – Academic Student of the Year and Lambda Phi Eta Communications Honor Society Academic Scholar. Currently, Mr. Rock is pursuing a Master of Business Administration, specializing in Project Management from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
His own inability to solely deal with his Combat Trauma has led him to be a mental health advocate for other Veterans and their families. The journey began with co-creating Ride for Recovery, an equine therapy program with Geroge and Tracy Winkley at Star Cross Ranch, Deridder, LA. As always, being driven to take on a challenge, he began to work with MG (ret.) Bob and Kathleen Dees, to help bring awareness and hope on a national level by speaking to and helping to train local churches, communities, and veterans organizations on not just dealing with but the hope in healing combat trauma.
Joshua’s goal has always been to take the hard lessons learned and various modalities to active-duty troops, veterans, their families, and the wider community to help address combat trauma. This continues today with the National Center for Healthy Veterans (www.HealthyVeterans.org) with the mission of “Returning Healthy Veterans to America.” This broad and comprehensive Healthy Veteran initiative ranges from trauma recovery using best practice, faith-based programs to veteran microbusinesses which afford dignified work, skills training, and economic opportunity. Community is a critical element of the initiative, including veteran tiny home villages for formerly homeless Veterans and others. While the Healthy Veteran initiative will help Veterans, the real winner is America with Healthy Veterans positively impacting culture as role models for our youth, as experienced leaders in business, and as standard bearers in every walk of life.
Joshua, his wife Jenna and Duke (dog) are enjoying their newlywed year and look forward to seeing where God leads them to serve this Nation and others together.