Lieutenant Colonel Daniel M. Gade graduated from the West Point in 1997. While serving as a company commander in Iraq in 2005, he was wounded twice. The second incident resulted in the amputation of his entire right leg and other substantial injuries. He worked at the White House from 2007-2008 and then earned his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia before teaching at West Point for six years. Gade retired from the Army in 2017 after 20 years of service, and currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Labor in the Veterans Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS) while awaiting Senate confirmation to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He lives in Virginia with his wife and three children.
Gade is a co-founder of The Independence Project, an experimental, privately-funded effort to help Veterans find jobs to provide for themselves and their families rather than rely on government checks, and he has written and spoken extensively on the traps and disincentives of the Veterans disability system.