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About the Author

Dr. John E. Heintzelman

During and after by 22 year career as an Army Combat Airborne Infantry Veteran, I have been researching and writing articles on veterans issues through my academic journey in college, but upon receiving my Ph.D. in 2020, I have decided to pursue a professional career in research, writing, blogging, and podcasting to help veterans.

I look at the world through a researcher's and writer’s lens. I see stories in everyday life just waiting to be told and do my best to be the medium through which they reach the page.


Recieived Veteren of the Month for the State of the Neveda twice: February 2017 and October 2022

Recognized by Las Vegas Raiders and Honored as Hero of the Game on August 26, 2022.

Invited to be and honored Veteran in the Library of Congress on November 7, 2022.

Honored by the DAV and Leann Rimes for Veteran of the Month in December 2016.

Recognized by Las Vegas Desert Dawgs and Honored as Hero of the Game on March 11, 2023.

While serving as the Veteran Advocacy Director for SNVCC, SNVCC was selected as Non-Profit of the Year on May 2023 by the MAC and LV Chamber.

Nevada Aerial Photography - CEO/Owner

Acting as the CEO/Owner/Pilot of an Aerial Drone Photography business in the Las Vegas area.  

December 2020 - Present

U.S. Air Force - Technical Editor / Graphic Illustrator

December 2019 - Present

Supportive Services For Veteran Families Coordinator

March 2015 - September 2019

U.S. Army Senior Program Manager & Facilitator / Group Operations Sergeant Major

January 2012 - February 2015

U.S. Army Assistant Director of Operations / Battalion Operations Sergeant Major

November 2008 - December 2011

Writes, rewrites and/or edits technical documents such as technical procedure manuals, user manuals, programming manuals, service manuals, operational specifications, and related technical publications to communicate clearly and effectively technical specifications and instructions to a wide range of audiences.

Acted as the driving force behind all operations and programs for the United States Veterans Initiative, continually servicing the needs of homeless and at-risk veterans by securing employment, housing, federal & state-directed funds, and qualifying program entitlements

Played a key leadership role in maximizing operational effectiveness across all programs and facilities for the National Training Center, the United States Army's premier Combat Training Center in California.

Acted as a strategic partner for the Commander in building unified strategies/approaches to execute and achieve organizational objectives. Directed staff workflow and ensured each member's specific abilities were properly leveraged to achieve operational excellence.

Image by Tania Fernandez

Present. Future.

The following is a collection of my latest and most meaningful writing projects. Each piece is unique in style and content and represents a distinct moment in my career. I hope you enjoy my work and I invite you to contact me with any questions.

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