Dave Smith

Dave Smith is a former Marine infantryman and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. He is an avid adventurer and backpacker with travel in over 30 countries. Following a brush with suicide in 2012, he has devoted his life to serving others and helping fellow veterans smoothly transition back to civilian life.

Recent articles from Dave Smith

Clay Hunt pictured in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
Remembering Clay Hunt: The Marine, Advocate, And Friend
Dave Smith remembers Clay Hunt, the veteran advocate who touched so many lives, on the five-year anniversary of his suicide.
A Marine’s Guide To The 5 Phases Of A Successful Transition
Here are the five stages of transition for those veterans who may not acclimate to the civilian world right away.
Make Your Transition A Breeze With These 6 Steps
Six tips for easing your transition out of the military.
Two Years Ago I Stared Down The Barrel Of A Shotgun And Nearly Took My Own Life
Marine veteran Dave Smith reflects on his struggle with post-traumatic stress, which led him to nearly take his own life, and how far he has come in the two years since.
** ORIGINAL TONING AS SUPPLIED BY US MILITARY  ** Marines with Company A, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), enters into conflict with the al-Mahdi army  in Najaf, Iraq in this Sunday Aug. 8, 2004 photo supplied by the US Marine Corps. Witnesses on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2004 said U.S. forces stormed the house of radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, but he wasn't there.  Residents saw U.S. forces break into the house, without meeting any resistance. Al-Sadr, who has led an uprising against coalition and Iraqi troops for over a week, has vowed to fight "until the last drop of my blood has been spilled." (AP Photo/US Marine Corps, Cpl Dick Kotecki)
UNSUNG HEROES: The Marine’s Marine Who Gave All On The Streets Of Najaf In Iraq
A fellow Marine remembers Nick Skinner, who was killed in Najaf, Iraq, while fighting off the Mahdi militia ten years ago.
Lt Col. Ted Ruane, Commanding Officer, MSSG-11, talks with a large crowed of citizens from the village of Qadisiyah, in the Najaf providence of Iraq waiting to receive humanitarian assistance Jan. 14, 2005.  MSSG-11 has conducted nine humanitarian assistance operation to date and this has been the largest with 1,105 Iraqis citizens showing up and receiving food, water, blankets, toys and sporting equipment. Medical and dental staff was also available and treated over 150 Iraqi citizens.   
Official USMC photo by: GySgt Robert K. Blankenship
One Of the Best Leaders I Ever Knew Died 10 Years Ago Today In Iraq
“… We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today who sheds his blood with me shall forever be my brother.” -- William Shakespeare, Henry V
Brandon Dodson
UNSUNG HEROES: A Tribute To One Of The Toughest Marines I’ve Ever Served With; Wounded, But Not Fallen
Each week, Task & Purpose publishes its Unsung Heroes series, highlighting the stories of bravery and heroism that make up the history of the U.S. military post-9/11. This week we feature Marine Staff Sgt. Brandon Dodson, who was severely injured on Aug. 9 after stepping on an IED during a foot patrol in Afghanistan.