When he was just 20-years old, Tyson served as part of America’s ground force during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Because his unit, the 3rd Battalion 7th Marines, led the U.S. convoy, they were dubbed “the tip of the spear.” The above photo, now in the National Archives, was taken by a Defense Department combat photographer on the 5th day of the war, March 24, 2003. For his combat service, Tyson was awarded a Presidential citation for “extraordinary heroism and outstanding performance in action against enemy forces.”
For over a decade, Tyson has been an outspoken advocate for veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He has shared his personal story of “triumph over struggle” with audiences across the country, encouraging people everywhere to keep fighting and learn to live and succeed with PTSD. In 2020, he released his first book, written for military veterans and advocates, titled VA Handbook.