An Iraq War veteran who was awarded the Bronze Star for actions in combat is on a much different mission today than when he was deployed as a Special Forces Marine in Iraq. Instead of risking his life to take out the enemy, Jake Harriman's mission is to empower others to eliminate extreme poverty.
As the Iraq War veteran discussed in a recent interview, “It was the horrors of combat that shaped and molded me into the man that I am today. I fought for the idea that is America; a nation that stands for the freedom of human rights and lasting meaningful choices for all people everywhere. This idea has kept me in the fight, but now on a new front line: fighting to end extreme poverty.”
The Marine veteran chose the elimination of extreme poverty in remote, rural areas of the world as his new mission, not only to improve living conditions and material wealth, but also to empower individuals to make their own choices. It was also about combating terrorism.
Ending extreme poverty is more than addressing a lack of money or material resources–it’s about creating an enabling environment where people have the ability to make meaningful choices.
Choice is powerful and opens the door to hope, opportunity, change and a better future. Our mission is to create an enabling environment where people have the ability make meaningful choices on their own—not to create an environment where choices are made for them.
Our ultimate goal is to promote global security by ending extreme poverty in remote, rural areas of failed states and conflict zones by building self-sustaining, self-scaling programs that enable communities across an entire region to lift themselves out of extreme poverty within seven years.
Learn more about Jake Harriman's organization, their vision to combat terrorism by ending poverty and the success Nuru International has achieved so far.
We love reading inspiring stories of our military veterans going above and beyond to help others. Make sure to read this story about a combat veteran who is helping wounded warriors through tough times with a chain of gyms after he used physical fitness and training for a Tough Mudder to overcome depression and suicidal thoughts.
And don't forget about the story we shared recently about the Marine who hand-biked across the country to raise money to help his fellow Marines.
And don't forget, you too can help our wounded warriors by entering our Harleys and Gas Giveaway as 100% of the proceeds support Healing Heroes Network.
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