Nate Boyer wanted to make a difference.

He decided he wanted to go help people in Darfur, yet getting over there wasn’t as easy as he initially imagined. Nate remained determined to get there and his refusal to take no for an answer sheds light on his psychological framework.

“I just had this mission that if I could just get over there (Darfur) and help at least one person and make a difference in one person’s life, it would be a success.”

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Nate graduated high school unsure about his path in life. Looking for a challenge and to make a difference, he made his way to the Darfur region of Sudan to help in the refugee camps. The experience, coupled with his memories of 9/11, inspired him to enlist in the U.S. Army as a Special Forces candidate, and he became one of 11 from his class of 150 to graduate with a Green Beret. He has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning a Bronze Star for heroism in combat.