Wounded Warriors in Action's Staff
John J. McDaniel
Service Branch: US Army
Rank: Lt. Colonel (Retired)
Biography: Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) John J. McDaniel served on active duty in the United States Army from November of 1987 to November of 2007. John is a decorated combat veteran, former Infantry Officer, Airborne Ranger, and Master Parachutist with a Special Operations background.
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John's three most coveted awards include the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab. A Master of Business Administration, John is a successful entrepreneur, business developer, and former CEO in the private sector. John is a certified US Coast Guard Captain, a senior certified USA Hockey coach, outdoor enthusiast, avid chess player and sportsman extraordinaire.
Shortly before his military career ended, John began taking wounded veterans on fishing trips in the Florida Keys and in Tampa Bay. What once was a grassroots initiative has now grown into a national movement: in 2012, the WWIA conducted 45 independent outdoor sporting events spanning 35 different states and served over 100 combat wounded Purple Heart recipients. He is largely the "heart and soul" of the mission, and works to be present at almost every WWIA event. Although retired from active duty, John says of his work with America's wounded heroes, "I'm not done serving. We simply can't do enough for these tremendous Purple Heart heroes."
John's vision includes establishing four Regional Healing Centers (RHCs) across America. The RHCs will be the world's first eco-friendly, American Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant healing centers, designed to be run and administered by Wounded Warriors. According to John, "At its core, the WWIA is a veteran-based organization. We are veterans helping veterans. And none of this would be possible if it weren't for the tremendous support we receive from the American Sportsmen and women who represent the essential fabric of our society. Our tag line says it all: American Heroes – American Sportsmen."
Position: Director, Initiatives Group
Service Branch: Army Spouse
Biography: Carolyn Crissman has been an Army Spouse for 27 years. After attending college at the University of Virginia, she married her High School sweetheart and started their Army life together in 1989. Since then, they have enjoyed 19 different addresses while raising 2 children. She has had various paying jobs throughout the last 27 years, but decided that her true calling was working with Army Soldiers and their Families.
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She served as a Company Family Readiness Group (FRG) Leader during her husbands company command at Fort Bragg during the Haiti invasion and a deployment to the Sinai and Battalion FRG Advisor while her husband served as an Operations and Executive Officer with 1st Infantry Division in Germany during the ramp up for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Additionally, she served as a Battalion FRG Advisor during his Battalion Command at Fort Stewart and 15 month deployment to Iraq. From 2010 – 2012, she served as a Brigade FRG Advisor of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood during a deployment in support of Operation New Dawn.
Along with the various FRG volunteer positions, she has spent her time continually working with Non-Profit Organizations at every installation where they have been stationed. She served on a Europe Wide board that trained volunteers, served on two different School Boards; one in Germany as a parent advisor and one in Georgia as the Fundraising Chairman, ran numerous Boy and Girl Scouting programs, served on many different Army Community Service Councils, and assisted various church programs.
She has also had the opportunity to serve on many different Spouses' Clubs' Boards in the positions of Membership, Activities, Publicity, Secretary, Assistant Treasurer, Scholarship Committee, Welfare Committee, Parliamentarian, Vice President and President. Most importantly, she served as the President of Santa's Workshop for the last 2 years; a non- profit organization that annually supports over 1600 military families in financial need.
Her most prestigious awards include: Fort Hood's Volunteer of the Year (2011), the Dr. Mary E. Walker Award for Volunteer Service (2013), the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal (2012, 2009), and the Commanders Award for Public Service (2006, 2008).
She is currently serving as the Chief, Initiatives Group for the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation where she is working to help the foundation be able to serve even more Purple Heart Heroes than ever before. She enjoys the Army Life, even in the midst of multiple deployments, because of the amazing people who choose to be a part of the Army Community and the true sacrifice and dedication of those who serve this country.
Position: Logistics and
Hero Engagement Coordinator
Biography: Corrina Hart is the proud daughter of a 100% disabled Vietnam Veteran who succumbed to his wounds in June of 2009, and sister of a career Air Force senior NCO who's currently deployed to Afghanistan. An accomplished sportsman herself, having owned and operated a hunting and fishing guide service for nearly 10 years, Corrina has an intimate understanding of what's entailed in making our events successful. She is honored to have such acritical role in an organization that gives so much back to our wounded veterans. In addition to being the Logistics and Hero Engagement Coordinator for WWIA, Corrina is a Firefighter/EMT. She and her daughter reside in Concrete, WA.
Position: Executive Assistant
Position: Administrative Assistant
Wounded Warriors in Action's Staff and Advisory Board
Dr Keith Tidball
Position: Science Advisor
Service Branch: US Army National Guard
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Biography: Dr. Keith Tidball, of Cornell University's Department of Natural Resources, serves as Science Advisor for WWIAF. Tidball, an avid hunter and angler and licensed NY State Guide, enlisted in the Michigan National Guard in 1990 as an E1 Infantryman, 38th ID.
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He recounts the ironic story of nearing completion of Cold Weather Operations School in the deep snows of Camp Grayling and sitting in the NCO club while wearing snow camo watching President Bush announce US involvement in the deserts of Kuwait on TV. In an effort to increase his chances for eligibility for elite training schools, Tidball transferred to the Kentucky National Guard, 35th ID. He was selected for Officer Candidate School, which he completed in 1993 at Fort Knox. He served as an Infantry platoon leader until receiving a career ending eye injury. Despite the injury, Tidball continued his service by becoming an International Affairs specialist in the Foreign Service (USDA/FAS/ICD), where he served as a Subject Matter Expert in natural resources management in conflict and disaster settings throughout the world, including multiple deployments in Central America, Southern Africa and Asia. Today, Tidball serves as Associate Director of the Civic Ecology Lab at Cornell, where he researches how outdoor recreation and stewardship can aid individual, family, community and social-ecological system resilience, among veterans and others in or recently returning from "the Red Zone." Tidball also volunteers as a member of the Battalion staff for the 221st Emergency Response Battalion, of the 10th Brigade, New York Guard and is an active member of the American Legion.
Position: WWIA Advisor
Biography: "Doc" , as everyone has come to know him as, is actually a second generation sportsman and only comes by that name because that is what all of his father's friends called him. His father was a PhD in Animal Husbandry and this fact plus his Dad's own library has been very helpful in guiding Dr. Paul in his years of studying conservation.
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At 23 years of age he created his first winter food plot seed mix to try and help a dwindling pheasant population, his favorite game to hunt. From there he has served on numerous advisory and boards and conservation organizations. In 2006 he was one of six finalist to be nationally recognized by Field & Stream magazine as a Hero of Conservation. His knowledge and willingness to guide the WWIA in their quest to create superior habitat for the wildlife at Camp Hackett he states in his own words "...is just trying to give back a little bit to those who have sacrificed so much."
Dr. Paul practices full time in the small town of Haslett, Michigan where he states he grew up and will likely stay until he goes to the happy hunting grounds in the sky. He earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1984 and has successfully earned two additional post-graduate degrees in Sports Medicine. He has been in full time practice since 1984.
Position: WWIA Advisor
Biography: Brad Boisen was raised in Rochester, MN. Upon completion of his education, he became a Chiropractor in Minnesota. After his retirement from that field in 2002, he moved to South Dakota and started a pheasant hunting lodge and guide service.
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Since 1994, he also spends time importing and breeding Braque francias (French pointers). He has worked with the Staff and Heroes of Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation since 2010 offering wonderful world class pheasant hunting experiences in the state of South Dakota.