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How This U.S. Navy SEAL Channels his Transition Experience to Help Other Veterans

How This U.S. Navy SEAL Channels his Transition Experience to Help Other Veterans

The following is an excerpt from a feature article from Bunker Labs Philadelphia. It highlights our Director of Veterans in Business, and U.S. Navy SEAL Monty Heath. 

As a child, Monty recalls being full of energy, which he channeled into playing many different sports.

“I played nearly every sport you can think of. Unfortunately, I didn’t apply myself, or care enough to do what was necessary to reach my potential in any of them.  Most things came easy to me; however, I never gave 100%.  In my senior year of high school, I was undefeated and setting school records in the breaststroke.  I began to enjoy success and wanted more. Right before the state championships however, I was thrown off the swim team, and was not allowed to compete. It was a painful lesson; but, it drove home the necessity for complete commitment and dedication.  Looking back, I needed that. My goal was to become a Navy SEAL, arguably the hardest military training/selection process on the planet. I didn’t know it then, but I’ve always had a growth mindset as opposed to a fixed mindset. I’ve always looked at the goal, at the mission, and everything else - all the obstacles or hoops to jump through were irrelevant,” he explained.

Monty joined the Navy SEALs at the age of 18. He had just begun training with the Naval Special Warfare Development Group when 9/11 occurred. He joined hundreds of servicemen and women in Afghanistan following the attacks. One of his most notable missions was Operation Anaconda, which has been turned into multiple books and a movie, released in 2004. 

“Seven of my brothers died that day,” he recalled. “Until that point, I felt indestructible, most of us did; we were young.  We experienced one win after another – until that day.  It was humbling.” 

After five deployments, and 11 years with the SEALs, Monty honorably discharged in 2004.

After returning home, he spent several years in the defense contracting business, as well as in executive protection, where he traveled globally protecting numerous Forbes 400 families and some of the world’s leading business executives. Following that experience, Heath began pursuing volunteer efforts with a number of nonprofit organizations.

“For the past four and a half years, my drive for helping humanity, specifically veterans, has become a passion,” he noted.

To read the full article on the Bunker Labs' blog, please click here

Catch Monty speaking at the International Franchise Association convention's executive panel on corporate culture and veterans along with Carly Fiornia and Mary Thompson. This will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 1:45 p.m. at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Monty will also be present at our Veterans in Business booth (243) with 3 other U.S. Navy SEALs Monday, Feb. 25 and Tuesday, Feb. 26 during the convention. To learn more, visit our Veterans in Business page here