Jake Jourdonnais

Jake Jourdonnais

I remember when the idea for this book was presented to me by a good friend. I remember where I was and the thoughts that raced through my mind. Helping fellow veterans in need has always been on my mind; however, the manner in which I could help evaded me. Once the foundation of The Fire Within was placed at my feet it clicked---this book is going to help change someone’s life for the better.

I grew up in Helena Montana, a great place to spend as much time in the outdoors as possible.

Hunting all over the state, backpacking through the remote Bob Marshall wilderness, and fishing glacial lakes for cutthroat trout. I graduated high school in 2005 and knew I wanted to join the Marine Corps. After two combat deployments to the Sandbox (Iraq) and four years of service, I came home to Montana. Attempting to embed myself in college, the itch to stay on the move had not subsided. In 2010 the world of security contracting appealed to me enough to join up with the ranks and has been my life for the past seven years. In between those years I picked up mountain climbing after summiting Kilimanjaro (19,341ft) in Africa with my soon to be wife Lyndsey in 2014, she’s a wildcat! Climbing has taken me to technical peaks in Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

I currently reside in Bozeman Montana with my beautiful fiancée, Lyndsey. She works as a Dental Hygienist, and I haven’t given up on the back and forth life of security contracting yet. I am continuing to work toward my BA in Business. My hope is that our stories in the book can reach as many in need as possible, as well as bring peace to whatever is troubling them.