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Tom Voss        

U.S. Army Combat Veteran, Mental Health & Holistic Healing Advocate; Featured in the Award-Winning Documentary "Almost Sunrise"

Tom Voss served on active duty in the United States Army for three years, from 2003 to 2006. Voss served with the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, an element of the 1st Brigade 25th Infantry Division, one of the Army's first Stryker Infantry Brigades. He served as an infantry scout in the battalion scout-sniper platoon.

In October of 2004, after 20 months of training with his unit, Voss was deployed to Mosul, Iraq to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. While in Iraq, Voss was proud to participate in hundreds of combat missions, convoys, security patrols, raids, area clearance operations, and humanitarian relief operations including providing security for the first democratic elections in Iraq since the invasion. Voss separated from the Army in 2006 with an honorable discharge.

After returning home, Voss struggled with reintegration and was diagnosed with PTSD in 2008. After being pushed to the brink of suicide, Voss knew he had to do something to help himself heal. In 2013, he teamed up with fellow combat veteran Anthony Anderson to plan and execute a 2,700-mile trek from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Los Angeles, California. This journey was captured on film by Emmy®-nominated documentary filmmaker, Michael Collins.

The film, which has enjoyed theatrical releases in New York and Los Angeles and been screened at dozens of film festivals nationwide, is called Almost Sunrise. In November 2017 Almost Sunrise was broadcast nationally as part of the P.O.V. documentary series on PBS, resulting in an Emmy nomination.

Voss is the co-author of the memoir, Where War Ends: A Combat Veteran’s 2,700-Mile Journey to Heal ― Recovering from PTSD and Moral Injury through Meditation, Published by New World Library, October 2019.

For his work empowering veterans to overcome moral injury, Voss has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, National Geographic Adventure, USA Today, Fox News, Epoch Times, and the Hollywood Reporter. Voss has given presentations and lectures about his journey of hope and healing at Google, the Aspen Ideas Festival, New York University, The Harvard Club of New York City, and the United States Congress.


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