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Divorce, a Failed Business, Withdrawal From Prescribed Medications and New Life Inspiration | Matt McDonell
Matt McDonell is from Detroit, Michigan and now lives in Fox Point, WI. Matt served in the US Army from Mar 2011 – December 2015 as an Airborne Inftantryman with the 173rd IBCT. Matt deployed to Afghanistan in a combat role in 2012/13. He was medically retired in late 2015. Medications initially intended to treat headaches and sleep would eventually cause extended, punishing withdrawal. During this struggle Matt’s marriage would suffer ending in divorce and his business would fail. Having received his MBA from Cardinal Stritch University Matt is currently receiving his LCSW from Concordia University.
He has recently started a mental health non profit called ‘Next 18’ which offers week long golf camps for disabled veterans and first responders. The camps provide daily 60-90 minute mental health and holistic lifestyle resource training sessions. The veterans also receive free golf lessons and rounds of golf. While not running camps Matt plans to use his LCSW to take local Veterans in Milwaukee out one-on-one to play golf and facilitate their needs to tackle hurdles they are facing in a counseling and readjustment to civilian life.
Golf, the outdoors and control of a healthy lifestyle are the goals and passions Matt shares!