Patrick led the U.S. Army-a Fortune 2-sized workforce of 1.3 million, with a $148 billion budget, and the nation’s largest employer of millennials. He led the expansion of the Soldier for Life initiative, was instrumental in achieving recruitment goals for the first time in five years, and generated over $250 million in public-private partnerships. to better connect the Pentagon to the 20 million veterans, he initiated opening up over 2500 AAFES retail stores for the first-ever, tax-free online shopping which has increased annual sales to over $6.7 billion.
First Iraq War Vet in Congress
In 2007, Patrick became the nation’s first Iraq War Veteran elected, representing Pennsylvania. He authored several groundbreaking pieces of legislation into law including the 21st Century GI Bill, the Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and the raising of the federal minimum wage. Continuing public service today, he was appointed to the National US Cyberspace Solarium Commission, as Distinguished Chair of Innovation at West Point, and supports fellow veterans entering political public service through Kennedy Democrats and Taking the Hill.
Decorated Combat Veteran
Joining the Army at 19, he graduated from the Airborne and Air Assault courses, and following 9/11, subsequently served two overseas combat deployments; first, to Tuzla, Bosnia in 2002, where U.S. forces stopped the worst ethnic cleansing in Europe since World War II. Next, In 2003, he deployed as an 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper to Baghdad, Iraq, leading a Brigade Operational Law (BOLT) Team, earning a Bronze Star for his service.
Patrick co-founded Work Merk in 2018, a business-to-business tech company focused on employee engagement and wearable technology.
Patrick also founded PJM Entertainment, a Clio & Sherwood Award-winning company that specializes in military veteran content and development in film & television. He also authored the book, Taking the Hill.
Patrick is a general partner at the Stony Lonesome Group, a venture capital firm which has invested over $8 million in 26 veteran-owned businesses in healthcare, cyber and big-data.