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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.