Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) John J. McDaniel served on active duty in the United
States Army from November of 1987 to November of 2007. John is a decorated
combat veteran, former Infantry Officer, Airborne Ranger, and Master Parachutist
with a Special Operations background.
Shortly before his military career ended, John began taking wounded veterans on
fishing trips in the Florida Keys and in Tampa Bay. What once was a grassroots
initiative has now developed into an ever-growing national charity, the Wounded
Warriors in Action Foundation. Although retired from active duty, John says of his
work, “I’m not done serving. We simply can’t do enough for these tremendous
Purple Heart heroes.”
A Master of Business Administration, John is a successful entrepreneur,
business developer, and former CEO in the private sector. In addition to his work
with the Foundation, John is a certified US Coast Guard Captain, a senior
certified USA Hockey coach, an outdoor enthusiast, avid sportsman and
conservationist. John lives with his wife Lisa (nee Tobul) and their two sons,
Dylan and Luke, in Apollo Beach, FL.