from NBC Think
Our obligation to veterans and their families does not end when they take off the uniform.
Jon Luzader joined the Army three months after September 11, at age 17. He was enrolled at Penn State University, but deferred college to serve what he felt was a higher calling. Jon was deployed to Iraq in 2004 with the 1st Infantry Division, participating in more than 150 combat support missions at the epicenter of the costliest conflict the United States has seen in a generation. He was overseas for over three years, making it home only a few times.
Jon left his military service a more focused man. He then picked up where he left off, earning a college degree in Information Sciences and Technology. He went on to consult with government agencies on how to build smarter software applications.
Ultimately, Jon invented a system that scrambles messages, making it harder for hackers and digital terrorists to access anything intelligible in emails, browsers or private messages on social media. He also founded a company called blink.cloud and, with the aid of a veteran business startup accelerator called Bunker Labs, was able to access professional networking resources that helped transform blink.cloud into a viable business.
By harnessing his passion, Jon was able to turn a great idea into a successful entrepreneurial endeavor. But many men and women who serve our nation have a much harder time finding their place when their tours of duty are over…Read more……