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Blake Leitch

Veterans Guide Spokesman and Military Veteran
Military and Experience
  • Purple Heart
  • Army Commendation x4
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • Army Good Conduct Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Iraqi Campaign Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Overseas Service Ribbon
  • Combat Infantryman Badge
Professional Experience
  • The Warriors Journey, Chief Operations Officer
  • Department of Veteran Affairs, Field Examiner
  • Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs , Veteran Service Officer
  • AMERICORPS Vista, Veteran Support Services Officer
Military Experience
  • Served his country in Iraq from 2000 – 2006
  • U.S. Army Veteran
  • Infantry Team Leader (SGT/E5) in a M2A

Commitment to Veterans

As a Veteran Service Officer with the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, Blake was instrumental in ensuring veterans, spouses, and dependents could access state, federal, and local benefits, reflecting his deep understanding of the complexities surrounding veterans’ entitlements.

At the Department of Veterans Affairs, Blake specialized as a Field Examiner, a position that required skills to oversee the needs of beneficiaries, ensuring they receive the full range of VA benefits to which they are entitled. 

Currently, as the Chief Operations Officer for The Warriors Journey, Blake exemplifies leadership in developing and implementing growth strategies that directly benefit transitioning military members. His work encompasses a wide range of support, from spiritual resiliency to practical assistance.

Blake’s dedication to the veteran community is evident not only through his professional endeavors but also in his volunteer work and affiliations with veterans’ organizations. His life’s work underscores the critical importance of supporting those who have served, ensuring they receive the respect, care, and opportunities they deserve post-service.

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