Sergeant Vernon Mitchell, USA, Ret. served in the military for a total of 13 years. He first joined the U.S. Marine Corps, then, subsequently enlisted in the U.S. Army and the Army Reserves. While deployed in Balad, Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom, Mitchell was wounded by an improvised explosive device. Nine surgeries followed the injury. Subsequent service, Mitchell deals with symptoms of post-traumatic stress (PTS), including depression and anxiety.
In 2018, the stresses of the past caught up and Mitchell suffered a life-threatening heart attack. With family by his side and a strong faith in God, Mitchell found peace and healing. Golf also serves to escape his PTS and increase physical activity.
Mitchell is a proud husband, father and lover of Christ. He plays a very active role in his community. Mitchell is a Deacon and the vice president of the men’s ministry at his local community church. Currently, Mitchell lives in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois where he enjoys interacting with his grandchildren and helping in the community.