The Guards Down
Journey

Raising awareness for solutions to PTSD, trauma, and complex grief for veterans and service members.

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Through outreach, training, and providing resources for veterans with PTSD and access to different treatment options, we will learn how to heal and become aware of the necessity to incorporate mental health, physical fitness, and holistic wellness into everyday life. Guards Downs will provide a continuous support group of veterans who are in the process of dealing with PTSD and Complex Grief and who are finding ways to make it through.

Our Mission is simple

Do Something.

Team Members

Guards down Leadership

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Greg Washington

Founder and CEO

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Jerome Myers

Business Development and Operations

Greg C Washington, II

Entrepreneur / Veteran / Mental Health Influencer

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Greg is an infantry officer who has served his country in Afghanistan and Iraq during the campaigns following the 9-11 attacks on the world trade centers. His exceptional leadership skills in hostile situations were recognized by his leaders when they awarded him the Joint Service Commendation Medal.

After leaving the service Greg moved into operations management where he has worked as an Executive Manager of Materials Management in Shell Oil Company’s Contract and Procurement Division. He was a department manager who led service teams for a leading elevator company, Unitec Elevators, in New York City. He also consulted on cannabis cultivation projects in Michigan and California and examine the performance of asset managers in the multifamily housing space.

Greg is a dynamic, high-energy professional with an intense focus on maximizing the financial performance of joint ventures and partnerships. He flourishes in fast-paced and challenging environments and uses his multi-disciplined experiences, ability to lead from a distance, deep strategy background, and uncanny resourcefulness to deliver results to his comrades.

Greg is a graduate from West Point where he obtained a degree in Engineering Management with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering and has an Executive MBA from the University of Tulane with a concentration in Finance. 

Greg intensely focuses on maximizing the financial performance of joint ventures and partnerships. He has built a growing network of influential experts and venture capitalists in the cannabis industry, resulting in the successful launch of cannabis operations across the country. Greg uses his multidimensional experiences, ability to lead from a distance, strategic background, and uncanny resourcefulness to deliver results. A serial innovator, Greg has consulted on cannabis cultivation projects in Michigan and California and examines the performance of asset managers in the multifamily housing space. While simultaneously working in multiple sectors, Greg co-founded and continues to serve as CEO of TFP Financial Services where he provides corporate and individual tax services and consulting. Greg has six years of experience assessing and validating property taxes for the oil industry and eight years of experience completing individual and business tax returns. In 2019, Greg left the corporate sector and launched the Iron Sharpens Iron Project and the Guards Down podcast. Greg leverages personal experience and a passion for healing by leading a team of mental health influencers who address the uncharted landscapes of grief and PTSD. The project will provide retreat-style training for mental health professionals, culturally sensitive interventions, culturally engaging research, and alternative healing spaces. Greg was selected for the Bunker Labs 2020 Dallas-Fort Worth Veterans in Residence cohort. Greg is originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina, and currently resides in New Orleans, Louisiana.