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David Murcio - Founder/CEO Warriors Beyond War

Warriors Beyond War is a 501(c)3 filed non for-profit organization aimed at not only saving veteran lives by reducing the staggering 22 veteran a day suicide rate, but also to enhance and enrich the lives of wounded, ill and injured active duty and veteran service members of the U.S. Armed Forces, wounded and injured first responders and the surviving family members of our heroes and warriors that were killed in the line of duty. We provide a unique program incorporating therapeutic dance instruction, social dancing, life lessons used on and off the dancefloor with a variety of music and professional instruction. 

Serving 14yrs in the United Sates Marine Corps and being a combat veteran, David Murcio understood the needs and struggles that many veterans and first responders may face after experiencing a traumatic event. As a Latin dance instructor and dancer of more than a decade, he recognized the therapeutic value that can come from dance and music. Merging both his military experience with his dance experience has enabled him the ability to help change many lives by providing therapeutic dance instruction to wounded in need. First working as the Executive Director for the San Diego based (now dissolved) Soldiers Who Salsa nonprofit organization where he worked with many ill and injured veterans and active duty military he was able to provide his therapeutic dance program to veterans and active duty members of the armed forces from across the country in places like Hawaii, Colorado, California, Pennsylvania, and Maryland among others. Once the organization dissolved, he founded Warriors Beyond War making the program more inclusive by including injured and ill first responders and the surviving immediate family members of service members killed in the line of duty.  Additionally, a stronger emphasis was placed on the therapeutic value gained from the program to include building a base of alumni (those who have gone through the program) to provide alternative activities, events and gatherings made available at no cost to them. This would encourage and combine the sense of family and tribe that many of our nations veterans look for combined with the power and benefits of our recreational therapy programs to combat some of the challenges our veterans and first responders may face such as the "per day" 22 veteran suicide rate that plagues our nations veterans. 

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