From an early age, Dan knew that he wanted to serve his country with the most elite fighting force in history: the U.S. Navy SEALs. Following graduation, he immediately reported to SEAL training in Coronado, CA. After graduating SEAL training, Dan deployed to Fallujah, Iraq to join SEAL Team Three, his first of five deployments overseas. On Dan’s third deployment in 2012, his life changed forever after being struck by an IED blast during a mission in Helmand province, Afghanistan, leaving him without his right eye. Dan refused to quit and went on to deploy twice more, first back to the Middle East in 2014 and then South Korea in 2016. He was medically retired in September of 2016 as a Lieutenant Commander after serving ten years in the SEAL Teams. He left service with two Bronze Stars (one with Valor), the Purple Heart, and the Navy Commendation Medal with Valor, among others. In November 2018, Dan was elected to represent the people of Texas’s Second Congressional District. Dan believes in service before self and understands that there is no higher calling than service to the American people. Although he can no longer fight on the battlefield, the integrity, leadership, vision, and tenacity he learned in the SEAL teams are present every day in his fight for common sense solutions in Congress. Available with autographed bookplate.