Empowering individuals to overcome adversity in transition towards finding true life passion.

The definition of Adversity- The predictable or unpredictable
 
situation you find yourself in… and then what? ~Mark Green

My name is Mark Green, and I am a soldier. My life has been filled with adversity from early on, but I have learned to stay in the fight. I am a retired Lieutenant Colonel who started out as a private in the U.S. Army in December 1982. I have never had a break in service since. I have given 24 years of active duty. I served in the 82nd Airborne on Active duty; the National Guard as a combat arms enlisted and officer; and as an Army Reserve full time soldier. I served in Afghanistan as an Inspector General in charge of the southern half of the country along the red desert from the borders of Pakistan to Iran. As a young soldier, I was also a founding member of the Taekwondo team that went to the nationals and got the U.S. Army to recognize it as an official sport.

I am devoting the remainder of my career to helping those in military service, veterans and their families with resiliency and transition. Despite my rough start academically due to growing up in poverty with a single mom and six children, I hold a doctorate of law from Taft Law School, Santa Ana, CA, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Management and Communications from Concordia University, St Paul, MN. I am also a Jack Canfield Certified Success Principles Coach, a graduate of Boots to Business program of Syracuse University, The Army Corporate Partner (ACP) Mentorship Program, and SCORRE Speakers Training, as well as a member of Lake Nona Toastmasters. 

I recognize the struggles many veterans face when transitioning from military life. I’ve been in those combat boots. Often when soldiers take off the uniform, they lose their identity. I am trained to help them find that passion for what they want to do... again. 

 

 

Under the family photo could you add the caption: Wife Denise, Mark Green and their son Adam      Photo credit: Kevin Garrett
Wife Denise, Mark Green and their son Adam. Photo credit: Kevin Garrett  

My purpose in sharing my life story in Step Out, Step Up: Lessons Learned from a Lifetime of Transition and Military Service is to encourage others to have hope and recognize that no matter where you come from, you can achieve your dreams. In a companion book, I share the secrets to developing a mindset that boosts resiliency and smooths transitions. I’ve developed these strategies from my own experiences with my family, hard-earned lessons and education, and am developing curriculum around them.

In my companion book called The Resilient Warrior's CODE: Secrets for Triumphant Transition, I share the strategies that have helped me in the hopes that this book and the curriculum I am developing around it will help Veterans, military service members and their families with transitioning, overcoming their own obstacles and building positive and resilient lives.

The definition of Adversity
The predictable or unpredictable 
situation you
find yourself in… and then what? ~Mark Green


My company My Silver Boots, LLC, is a Florida-based, veteran-owned, Made-in-the-USA small business, which has earmarked 10% of its profits to be divided among the following nonprofits that serve veterans and their families; under-served youth dealing with poverty, homelessness or foster care; and U.S. Army athletes: The Bob Woodruff Foundation bobwoodrufffoundation.org; The Boys & Girls Clubs of America www.bgca.org; The Orange Duffel Bag Initiative www.theodbi.org/; and the "One Team One Fight" Alumni and Athletes who are part of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program www.armymwr.com/programs-and-services/world-class-athlete-program/.

My wife Denise, teenage son Adam, my mom and I live in Florida where my last assignment before retirement was as an Inspector General. As one of the nation’s top experts on military transition, I thrive on speaking about resilience and transformational change.