D. Souders

About Me

I grew up in Cocoa Beach, along the Space Coast, located in Central Florida. As a kid, I played sports in school, but I loved to fish whenever and wherever I got a chance. Fishing was one of the earliest childhood memories that I have with my family. My father, John P. Souders and Uncle Gerry Brewer took us kids fishing quite often and nurtured my love for this sport.

I joined the United States Marine Corps in 1986 in the delayed entry program. I attended boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island South Carolina. I was stationed at NAS Pensacola Florida; NAS Millington Tennessee; MCAS El Toro; MCAS Tustin California; MCAS Kaneohe Bay Hawaii; NAS Cubi Point Philippines; MCAS Futenma; Camp Mujuk Pohang South Korea, and I had multiple sea service deployments.

After a 11-year absence from the military ranks, I missed the camaraderie and decided to join the West Virginia Air National Guards 167th Airlift Wing out of Martinsburg, West Virginia.

I worked for the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development as an area loan specialist. After career altering injuries in 2009, sustained by the hands of the Department of Veteran Affairs, I was placed on the Temporary Disabled Retired List and ultimately medically retired from the United Sates Air Force in May of 2012. I received a rating decision from Department of Veteran Affairs of 100 percent Total & Permanent Disabled in March of 2014. In September 2014, the USDA Rural Development forced me to tender my retirement due to the rigors of the job requirements.

I now volunteer as much as possible and work within the alternative therapy based programs of Wounded Warrior Anglers or America Inc.