Ted Peet is the Founder/Facilitator of Got Your 6 Veterans Support Group (GY6). Ted served in the United States Marine Corps from 2001-2006 and deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. An initial deployment into Kabul where his unit provided security for the U.S. Embassy and a 2nd deployment into the Kunar Province along the Pakistani border.
Upon finishing his enlistment Ted returned to his hometown of Elmira, NY and began his family with his wife Eileen. Ted began working in the construction industry, serving as a Journeyman Inside Wireman for IBEW L.U. 139 until 2015. However, the struggles of transitioning from the military back into the civilian society were greatly evident and continuous in Ted’s personal and professional life. Amongst other things Ted struggled with addiction, depression, and anxiety.
The roller coaster cycles of the after effects of war raged in Ted’s life until the end of 2013, when at his rock bottom, Ted surrendered his life to Jesus Christ. Through the mentorship of Reverend Juhura E. Shazer, Ted began the process of ending the deadly cycle his life had been spiraling on. In 2015 Ted left the IBEW to pursue ministry and his education full-time. After almost 2 years of discipling, Ted answered his call to help fellow Veterans and birthed GY6 in October of 2016.
Since Got Your 6's inception in 2016, Ted has served as the support groups Facilitator
A word from our founder:
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As we roll into a new month of a new year I want to remind each of you how very important you are. What I mean is a serviceman or servicewoman’s commitment to our country does not end when we EAS or fulfill or contract to the American Government. Honestly, in most of our cases it is just beginning. You see, the majority of us will be a Veteran for far longer than we were an active part of the military. Therefore, our role of as an active, contributing member of society could mean much more to civilians than it did the small number of years we ACTIVELY served.
While the “Glitz & Glam” of recruiting posters or commercials may be what peaks an interest of a teen, it’s often the story of a Veteran who solidifies their decision to join. We are the living examples of what Post-Service to your country looks like. So I challenge you today to look like something that those youth want to become. Strive each day to live purposefully and rebuke the negative stereotypes often associated with being a Veteran.
Let the positive outweigh your negative and be the tip of spear in your everyday life.
If you are always ready, you never have to get ready.