2013 Tillman Scholar
As a child, Adam was fascinated by the Veterans and Memorial Day parades in his rural Wisconsin community. His grandfather served in the Army in the South Pacific during World War II. The Army was always the plan. When Adam talked to his father, a high school guidance counselor, about enlisting, his father suggested applying for an ROTC Scholarship instead. Adam was commissioned from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in May of 2001 and was in the Infantry Officer Basic Course when 9/11 occurred. Training took on a new intensity and purpose. Over the next nine years and four combat tours as an Infantry and then Special Forces Officer, Adam had several life-changing experiences that drove him to pursue a career in medicine.
Upon separation from the Army in 2010, Adam prepared for medical school and was the primary caregiver for his daughter and son while his wife worked to support them. He matriculated to Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in 2013. He enjoys school and loves being a part of the greater Richmond community. He hopes to stay in the city after graduation and serve the large veteran community through medicine and other projects. He also assists his wife, the executive director for the Mighty Pen Project, a veteran writing program started in 2014.