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Todd Hunter

Todd Hunter

DAV (Disabled American Veterans)

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Todd's work combines: Writing, Armed Services, and Communicating / Sharing Stories

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Day In The Life

Assistant National Communications Director

I'm 'the video guy' for DAV's social media team; I oversee video production for all of our accounts.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Boone High School

  • Vocational

    Public Administration

    U.S. Dept. of Defense Information School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Organizational Communication, General

    Thomas Edison State College

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Information/Psychological Warfare and Military Media Relations

    Syracuse University

  • Graduate Degree

    Strategic Studies, General

    American University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Film & Video Editors:

High School

Bachelor's Degree

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    I didn't fully apply myself in high school, but I always enjoyed journalism & TV production classes.

  • 2.

    I joined the Marines as a combat correspondent; I sought out stories that the media wouldn't cover.

  • 3.

    I was selected as the U.S. Department of Defense's Broadcast Journalist of the Year in 2009.

  • 4.

    That was the first time I truly felt validated in my skills; I felt like I could be successful.

  • 5.

    I was also selected as the U.S. Marine Corps' Broadcast Journalist of the Year in 2009, 2011 & 2012.

  • 6.

    In 2013, I felt like it was time to move on from the military, put down roots, and start a family.

  • 7.

    In 2 years, I went from not caring about ever getting a formal degree to earning my master's degree.

  • 8.

    I interned with the White House's Office of Digital Strategy in 2014; I'm now working at DAV.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Peers:

    Why would you want to get out of the military? You'll never have it as good as you do right now.

  • How I responded:

    Some senior leaders will use this scare tactic to try to keep you in the military, saying, "What about your pension? What about your free health care?" But I knew when it was time to get out, and I also knew that the time that I'd given was enough that I'd be able to look back without regret. I think this "noise" resonates with a lot of veterans, but you've got to overcome it by finding the confidence you had when you first entered, and realizing that you need to do what's right for you.