Sergeant James Yauger enlisted in the Army in 2002. While serving in Iraq, he was injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) that ruptured his ear drum and wounded his arm and thigh in 2004.
After being honorably discharged from the Army, Yauger rekindled his longtime love of mountain biking and sites the crashes from challenging trails as responsible for personal growth and confidence. Seeing the benefit of sport and physical activity as part of his daily life, Yauger now serves as a Program Manager for Team Red White and Blue in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Team RWB strives to help veterans renew their sense of purpose, improve their health (physical, mental and emotional), and enrich their lives by establishing genuine and personal relationships with others in their community.
After his military service, Yauger earned his bachelor’s degree from Seton Hill University, specializing in Entrepreneurship and Human Resources. He is passionate about educating the public on military culture, barriers to veteran reintegration, and other obstacles that today’s veterans are facing.