Strategy Washam


Joe Washam is a Service Disabled Veteran who served honorably for over seven years until he was medically retired from the United States Army. Growing up in a family with military service deep in their blood, Joe chose to enlist as an active duty Soldier in the U.S. Army after high school instead of going to college. He spent 4 years at various Army bases as an Infantryman. On September 11, 2001 Joe was in Washington, D.C. with a scheduled appointment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. After the Pentagon was attacked he knew our nation was going to face a new challenge. Within two days of 9/11 Joe was able to see the damage to the Pentagon first hand. Unable to deploy to Afghanistan with his unit from the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) due to an extensive recovery from back surgery, he was still able to support his fellow brothers and sisters in arms by becoming a Unit Armorer for his battalion stateside. Joe's enlistment was finished in July 2002.

Joe decided to re-enlist in the U.S. Army Reserves five days before the war in Iraq started in 2003. At that time he re-entered the U.S. Army in a Military Intelligence unit based out of Dallas, Texas while attending a university located in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. Missing the military lifestyle, he decided to volunteer for a tour of duty in Iraq and return to active duty. While in Iraq, Joe was assigned as a Mobile Collection Team Noncommissioned Officer to a multi-national unit, the Iraq Survey Group, whose primary mission was to search for weapons of mass destruction. On April 26, 2004, Joe was severely wounded in Baghdad, Iraq due to enemy activity at a suspected chemical weapon site. Shortly after an explosion, he lost consciousness at a Baghdad civilian hospital.

Joe awoke two weeks later at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Joe had received 3rd degree burns over 40% of his body, plus a shrapnel wound. With the support of his wife, family, friends, and medical staff, Joe has made a remarkable recovery and continues to make great strides. He was awarded the Purple Heart on his 24th birthday.

In January 2006, after spending 20 months as a patient at Brooke Army Medical Center, Joe was medical retired from the United States Army. A few months later Joe accepted a position on the Board of Directors for a national non-profit, the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, where he previously served as a spokesperson. In January 2007, Joe and his wife moved to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area where he served as Chief Liaison of Government Affairs for the Coalition. The next months were spent advocating and lobbying on Capitol Hill for his fellow wounded troops, veterans and their families. Joe provided subject matter expertise for three bills in the 110th Congress (1st Session): Homecoming Enhancement Research and Oversight (HERO) Act (S. 1271), 21st Century GI Bill of Rights Act of 2007 (S. 1409/H.R.2385), and the Wounded Heroes' Bill of Rights Act (H.R. 2855).

From 2007 until 2013, Joe co-owned two Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB). As Project Manager of one of those companies, he organized and led two Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business federal government contract bids that were successfully awarded to Mid-Cities Home Medical Delivery Service, a joint venture company. These contracts provided direct medical services to VA patients every month throughout the state of Texas. He’s also a 2011 Alumni of the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation’s Veteran Institute for Procurement.

He has lived, visited, or worked in more than nine countries worldwide. Joe continues to be actively involved with fellow wounded troops and their families by becoming a lifetime member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the National Military Family Association. Joe is a Wounded Warrior Project Alumni, and also participates on the Wounded Warrior Project National Campaign Team.

Currently, Joe is pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree with a Minor in Leadership of Community and Nonprofit Organizations at the University of North Texas. 

Sergeant Joe Washam, United States Army (Retired)