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KEVIN FLIKE, GREEN BERET AND WOUNDED AMERICAN VETERAN
I was born and raised in Stillwater, a small town in upstate New York. I went to an all boys, Catholic, military high school called La Salle Institute in Troy, New York. Upon graduation, I attended Union College in Schenectady, New York. I majored in Political Science and minored in Mandarin Chinese and East Asian Studies. I was also the captain of the football team and president of my fraternity.
I enlisted in the Army after college graduation, and after two years of intense training in the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center (Special Forces Qualification Course), I earned the Green Beret. In April of 2009 I was assigned to the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Lewis, Washington. I deployed twice to Afghanistan and participated in Joint Combined Exercise Training (JCET) in the Philippines and Thailand.
During my second Afghanistan deployment, on September 25, 2011, I suffered a gunshot wound to my lower abdomen. This marked the beginning of a long and painful journey. I sustained a fractured hip, lost 20% of my colon, and suffered a damaged femoral nerve, resulting in permanent disability. After six surgeries, thousands of hours of physical therapy
and over 40 inches of scars, my health is progressing rapidly.
I have been married to my college sweetheart and soul-mate Kim since 2008. We have two beautiful daughters named Lilah and Everly. In the spring of 2016, I completed dual masters degrees from the MIT Sloan School of Management (MBA) and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (MPA). I am currently employed within the financial industry in Boston, MA.
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