• George W. Bush Institute

    Team 43

  • Members of Team 43 were injured in the global war on terror and exemplify the resilience and continued leadership of our nation's warriors and their families.

Joseph Zeppa

Joseph Zeppa

Corporal
U.S. Marine Corps
W100K Participant 2019

Corporal Joseph Zeppa joined the Marine Corps his junior year of high school. Three days after graduating, he left for boot camp.  From 2002 – 2006, Zeppa served in the infantry. He deployed to Iraq twice with 1st Battalion, 4th Marines stationed in Camp Pendleton, CA.  

During his second deployment, Zeppa’s was awarded a NAM with combat V for action in Al Shatrah, Iraq for destroying an enemy sniper’s hide with a thermo barrack round from a MK-153 SMAW. He injured his back during a night patrol and suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress. In 2006, Zeppa was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps. 

Following his service, Zeppa moved to Arizona in 2008 to pursue a career in the pharmacy field. He graduated from Arizona College of Allied Health in 2010 and became nationally certified as a pharmacy technician. Zeppa worked at Women’s International Compounding Pharmacy for a year as a lab technician doing aseptic and non-aseptic compounding techniques. Since 2011, Zeppa has been working at CVS as a pharmacy technician.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in health care management, he began working on his pre-requisites for pharmacy school and plans on applying next summer. Zeppa is the first in his family to go to college and earn a degree. 

Currently, Zeppa lives in Glendale, AZ and is married to Michelle. He is an active member with Team RWB and the Student Veterans of America.

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