The hero's journey after the credits roll: Zach Iscol at TEDxLowerEastSide

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A combat decorated former Marine officer and Iraq veteran, Zach Iscol is the CEO and founder of Hirepurpo.se, an applied technology platform where companies hire talented former military service members. Zach also runs the Headstrong Project, a NYC based non-profit, that delivers cost free, bureaucracy free, and stigma free state of the art treatment to military veterans with PTSD and TBI.

Previously, Zach Iscol built one of the first highly successful Iraqi military units in Al Anbar province in 2004 and fought in the second battle of Fallujah. Subsequently, he built and ran the Recruiting, Screening, Assessment, and Selection Pipeline for US Marine Corps, Special Operations. Upon leaving the service, he wrote, directed, and produced the WESTERN FRONT, a Tribeca Film Festival selection scheduled for release in late 2013.

He graduated in 2001 from Cornell University, holds fellowships at the Truman National Security Project and Tufts Institute for Global Leadership, and is a member of Team USA for USA Triathlon.

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