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Nate Boyer  

Former Green Beret, NFL Player & Philanthropist

Nate Boyer is what many would deem a renaissance man. The former active-duty Green Beret is also a world traveler, a philanthropist and community leader, and a professional athlete as a former member of the Seattle Seahawks.

After joining the US Army in 2005, Boyer earned the coveted Green Beret in December, 2006. He was stationed in Okinawa throughout most of 2007 with 1st Special Forces Group. In April of 2008, Nate was deployed with ODA 0324 10th Special Forces Group to Iraq and served his tour of duty until January of 2009. He then served tours in Afghanistan from April-August, 2013 (Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan) and from April-August, 2014 (ODA 3116 3rd Special Forces Group). In addition to his deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Boyer completed a number of JCET (Joint Command Exchange Training) Missions to Israel (2009), Bulgaria (2011), and Greece (2012).

A five-year player for the Texas Longhorns, Boyer served as the No.1 long snapper on PAT/FG’s his last three seasons and also handled punt-snapping duties during 2013-14. He played in 39 career games. In 2012 Boyer received the Disney Spirit Award at the ESPN College Football Awards, which is given to the most inspirational figure in college football. In 2013 the National Football Foundation awarded him with the coveted Legacy Award. He was named to the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which recognizes players whose charitable involvement and community service contributions stand out among all other student-athletes; was a three-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 choice (2012-14); and was first-team Capitol One Academic All-American in 2013. Boyer was named 2012-13 Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year and in 2012 became the first-ever recipient of the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). In January of 2015, he played in the Medal of Honor Bowl in Charleston, SC.

Boyer has embarked on a wealth of colorful adventures and life-changing experiences: he has backpacked solo throughout much of Europe and Central America, worked for a year on a fishing boat in San Diego, gone fly fishing in Kamchatka in Russia, worked as a big brother and mentor for children diagnosed with Autism, and volunteered at Refugee Camps in the Darfur region of Sudan/Chad border. He continues to be actively engaged with several Veteran’s Service Organizations as well as several other non-profits.

Boyer’s belief that “Anything is Possible” has served him well throughout his life and has made him especially fit to speak about finding one’s passions and living with purpose for other people. Nate’s can-do attitude is contagious and his inspirational story resounds with any audience; students, veterans, businesspersons, athletes and people from all walks of like can take something away from his unique story.

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Post Traumatic Growth

PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a real problem for soldiers returning home from the battlefield. The statistics are staggering. It is reported that at least 20-30% of soldiers returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan have PTSD and/or depression, with 22 veterans a day falling victim to suicide. Nate is passionate about helping veterans, as well as other individuals, acknowledge and turn the experiences associated with PTSD into a catalyst for Post Traumatic Growth. Post Traumatic Growth is about committing yourself to the future and not allowing past experiences on life’s battlefield to slow you down.

Finding Lessons In Everything You Do

It takes a lot of hard work, dedication and sacrifice to become a Green Beret. Earning a starting job at a prestigious college football program, without ever playing the sport, is no easy feat either. Nate shares his experiences and what kept him focused while pursuing his various, seemingly impossible goals

Anything Is Possible

Nate’s belief of “Anything is Possible” has served him well throughout his life and has made him especially fit to speak about finding one’s passions and their way in life. This motto also applies especially well to Military Veterans finding it difficult to acclimate back to civilian life. Nate’s can-do attitude is contagious and has helped many fellow veterans in moving forward with their lives, going back to school or diving into new ventures.

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