Staff Sergeant Zachariah E. Collett joined the United States Army in 2002. He was assigned to the only Airborne and Air Assault Military Police company in the Army. Collett immediately deployed to Iraq in April of 2003.
On Christmas day 2003, Collett sustained his first IED attack. On his second deployment also in Iraq, he sustained many more I.E.D. blasts. Collett’s resulting injuries included traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress, and crushed spinal discs.
When Collett returned home, he underwent multiple surgeries and years of therapy. He hit rock bottom after falling into addiction to prescription pain medications, abusing alcohol and going through a divorce.
In 2011, Collett turned to sports to aide in his recovery and rehabilitation. Collett sites the Bush Center and Team 43 events as an integral part of his recovery process as well. Both he and his wife have made life-long friendships with fellow Team 43 families.
As a part of his commitment to continued wellness, Collett plays golf three to four days a week. He is currently a part of SMGA's American golfer program, President of the Ohio State University's Vets for Vets club, and is a student in the Ohio State University Professional Golf Management program. Collett also mentors warriors and veterans on a daily basis. As an ambassador for the Bush Center, he strives to be exceptional.
Collett credits his wife Faryn as the key to his success and the foundation of his support.