James Howard (CPT, ret.) grew up in Lynchburg, Va. a part of a large military family. Three generations that served from WWII through the War on Terror with the 82nd Airborne. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 2002 and commissioned into the Army. He had the privilege of serving in Iraq and completing Ranger, Sapper, Jumpmaster and Special Forces courses. James medically retired in 2010 after numerous combat and training injuries that left him a quadriplegic in a wheelchair.
He considers his injury as "a blessing by misfortune" which led him to start two all volunteer non-profits. REACHcycles (Reachcycles.org) Is the other nonprofit he founded and runs as president. Both nonprofits have supported thousands of children and veterans with disabilities. James also helped design and coordinate the effort to build the VAU travelling fallen heroes memorial flag.
He works and volunteers for many other non-profits: SOCOM Care Coalition- mentor, former Quality of Life Foundation- Case Manager, Christopher Reeve Foundation- Military Veterans Program MVP Coordinator, National GWOT Memorial Foundation-Ambassador and Paralyzed Veterans of America-member.
He is the proud father to his son Luke and husband to his wife Amanda.