Fmr. Captain Justin Van Beusekom
“A veteran of the United States Army, I deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II to Mosul, Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. During my 28-month deployment, I saw firsthand what life is like without electricity – what it’s like when you are entirely dependent upon one, limited resource: oil. I saw Soldiers put in harm’s way on a daily basis to deliver fuel for vehicles and generators, and critical missions delayed because the supply lines were delayed.
I realized America faces an energy crisis today – just as I saw during my service in Iraq; we are vulnerable because of our dependence on oil. I knew there had to be a better way. This is why, after my service, I began my career in the renewable industry. I – along with other veterans – joined Operation Free to become advocates for clean, renewable energy.
Operation Free helped me tell my story, and as I did in the Army, to stand for a greater cause than myself. By telling my story to local and federal politicians, I am afforded the opportunity to make America a better place for future generations.”
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