Brad served as an Infantryman in the Indiana National Guard. He deployed once to Iraq in 2003-2004. After his service he worked from manufacturing to Technical Support at Helmer Scientific (a blood bank company) while going to school and earning his degree in Applied Science in Business Administration with a focus on management. After earning his degree he moved into a field engineering position with Siemens Healthcare with a focus on chemistry. He is currently still working at Siemens Healthcare as an Engineering consultant for North and South America in chemistry. Brad’s passion is serving others as others have served him with dealing with PTSD.
Magnus is an eight-year army veterans, and a former Green Beret. He completed three combat tours, two in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. While serving he dealt with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and Unexploded Ordinance, which earned him a Bronze Star at the end of his final tour. Magnus learned of the staggering veteran suicide rate shortly after a friend that he served with became lost to this epidemic. Being compelled to take action and not be a bystander, the idea of large scale public art as a collaboration between veteran and civilian became the hub of a working solution. From this idea Mission 22 was created as a way for veterans and their communities to work together and grew into what it is today.
Mike was an active duty Green Beret and still is serving his country in the National Guard. In the military Mike was and is still responsible for all levels of security including large bases in a combat zone. He also trains foreign military services. Mike and Magnus served on the same Operation Detachment Alpha (Special Forces team) and developed a close working relationship, which continues to this day. Mike has been with Mission 22 since its inception and is a founder as well as a member of the Board. He travels the country speaking about Mission 22 and advocating for the cause as well working on Mission 22's large scale public memorials.
Elder Heart is the 501C3 behind Mission 22. It's Board of Directors is comprised of Special Forces operators Magnus Johnson, and Mike Kissel and Infantryman Brad Hubbard. Because of their personal battles with PTSD and TBI they have made it their mission to raise awareness, enlist support, and end veteran suicide in America.
To find Elder Heart on the IRS Non-Profit website search under "ElderHeart Inc." or EIN Number 46-2750726