"I have been neck-deep in shit
and almost drowned, literally,
but I got out; you can too!"
- Jason Pike
To help others persevere and find the strength to face adversity, fear, and hope.
To inspire others to make each day count,
do something special and significant each and every day.
To spread hope, and encouragement to anyone going through tough times.
A decorated combat veteran with multiple deployments, Lt. Col. Jason G. Pike, USA, Retired, served 31 years in the United States Army as both an enlisted and officer, including nine years overseas in five countries. Jason earned over 30 service awards & badges and survived a wicked amount of military training.
Pike has written two books: A Soldier Against All Odds, compiling all his life events in an inspiring storytelling format with the ups and downs of a life in uniform, and Out of the Uniform, Back into Civilian Life, an invaluable resource for veterans seeking clear, actionable guidance to navigate the often complex landscape of VA benefits. With a straightforward account of one man’s journey, he inspires audiences and shows how to be resilient and to persevere no matter what disadvantages and life struggles may happen.
"You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them."
- Maya Angelo
A Solider Against All Odds
I AM A SOLDIER AGAINST ALL ODDS, and what follows is a genuine and frank account—the good, the very bad, and the very ugly—of my thirty-one years in uniform. Diagnosed at age seven with an acute learning disability and failing first grade that year, I was sent back to repeat it. At age nine, I was diagnosed with osteomyelitis, a crippling bone disease dissolving the bone of my knee that added to my academic challenges and a significant physical disadvantage.
My military career began when I signed up with the National Guard at age seventeen. I continued through more than three decades of national guard and active service to retire at the rank of lieutenant colonel. I was told that none of it would be possible, and there were undoubtedly excellent grounds for that advice. I was not college bound, plain and simple. My story, therefore, is one of perseverance, and a refusal to quit, no matter what, a characteristic gifted to me by my father. Once I did it, everyone asked, “how the hell did you do it?” And many times, I asked myself the same question.
Out of the Uniform,
Back into Civilian Life
No Nonsense Veterans Benefits Guide
An invaluable resource for veterans seeking clear, actionable guidance to navigate the often complex landscape of Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and assistance programs. When you hang up that uniform and step into civilian life, no matter how long you served, the transition is overwhelming, and getting to grips with your VA benefits is the first order of business.
As a veteran, you might be facing challenges related to healthcare, education, employment, housing, or disability, and seeking information on how to access these various benefits offered by the VA is a complex and daunting process. Lt. Col. Jason G. Pike, USA, Retired has mastered this process and now provides an insider's look at VA benefits, what it has to offer, and how to get what is yours.
Out of the Uniform, Back into Civilian Life will help you get into more VA benefits and assistance programs than you ever thought were out there.