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Jason “Doc” Parsons was born in Chicago, IL. Before joining the military he spent ten years in the global derivative markets. Ending his career as Director of Institutional Sales for a Chicago brokerage firm, in June 2005 he joined the Army as a Combat Medic; by November he deployed to Ar Ramadi, Iraq with the 54th Engineer Battalion. In 2009 he was medically discharged (Honorable) and now he divides his time between working on the project and for Maxim Magazine. Doc is the Founder of the Graffiti of War Project and Executive Vice President of Global Operations for Unconventional Artists, LLC, parent company for the Project as well as the Vice Chairman of the Graffiti of War Foundation.
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Rob Craven grew up outside of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Joining the Army in 2006 immediately after High School as a Military Intelligence Systems Maintainer, his first duty station was Fort Bragg. In September 2001, he lost two uncles in the WTC's North and South towers and that became his driving force behind his dedication to service. Rob was deployed to Iraq in 2008 with the 18th Airborne Corps. Eight months after returning home, he was sent to Texas for his next, and last, duty station. Honorably discharged from the Army in 2011, Rob sought other ways to help the troops, one of those being contracting work in Afghanistan; deploying there in September 2011 for fifteen months. Prior to leaving Rob found The Graffiti of War Project and volunteered his services as a down range photographer. After being with the project for a number of months, Rob joined the team as the Social Media Director and is now years later is the Executive Vice President, Operations as well as a full partner.
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Jeremy "Jay" Mull
Born in Honolulu, HI in 1984, Jeremy joined the US Marine Corps in December of 2002. Being a senior in High School on that fateful day in September 2001, he felt the need and duty to serve the country in its "hour of need." Arriving on Parris Island, SC in March of 2003, he completed boot camp in June of the same year. After completing combat training and an aircraft electrician's course, Jeremy received orders to the 3rd Marine Air Wing in San Diego, CA. Upon arrival he was immediately given temporary assigned duty to the 3rd Marine Division, 1st Marines Infantry Battalion in Camp Pendleton, California. Jeremy deployed for the first time in 2004 and two more times in 2006 and 2007, meeting Jaeson Parsons in theater on his final tour. After completing his military service with the Marines, Jeremy returned home to begin working as a mechanic in his adoptive home of Leesburg, GA. In 2009, he applied to his father's Alma Mater at West Virginia University fulfilling a promise made to his ailing grandfather that he would attend college. While attending WVU he reconnected with Doc and joined the Graffiti of War Project team. He is currently the CFO of Unconventional Artist LLC and is steadfast in his dedication to the project.
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Michael "Fig" Figueroa
For Michael, art is a universal language, with which he has been able to stand out and make a mark in this world. Michael served three years in the 1st cavalry of the United States Army, which allowed him serve his civic duty and assisted him in being able to attend the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Illinois, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree of Fine art in illustration. He has been diligently working his way into the professional art world since 2006. While at the American Academy of Art he met the artist Dan Plumley. Michael then began apprenticing under Dan at the tattoo shop, Skin of a Different Color of Aurora, Illinois. Upon completion of his apprenticeship he then began working at Don’s Downtown Ink, also of Aurora, in 2007 and still works there today. In addition, Michael is also the resident graphic artist of No Limits Graphix of Montgomery, Illinois. Michael aspires to one day be able to combine his two loves and work side by side with his sons in the world of art. Michael joined the Graffiti of War Project as the Director of Digital Art and Design.
Jason Deckman grew up in Allegany, NY. He joined the Army in 1994 and has been a Combat Engineer ever since. He's been deployed to Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait and Iraq. The high point of his career came in 2004 when he attended Sapper Leader Course at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. He transitioned to the Army Reserves in 2007 and is currently assigned to the 980th Engineer Battalion in Austin, TX. He lives in Killeen with his wife, Melinda. Jason was one of the original collaborators of the project and is an honorary member of the team.
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