John Byrnes is the director of education for Concerned Veterans for America and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and Army National Guard.
A New York native, John joined the Marine Corps in 1991 after high school. He served four years and deployed to Somalia in 1993. After leaving the Marine Corps, John joined the New York National Guard where he continued his service until retirement in 2018.
John was in New York City on September 11th and served at ground zero for the first two weeks after the attacks. He subsequently deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Outside his military career, John has spent his time helping other service members and veterans, including co-founding a veterans’ program at the City University of New York. He was one of the first employees to come on board at Concerned Veterans for America in 2012.
John lives in North Carolina with his wife.