Joel served in the US Army from 1998-2007 working as an explosive ordnance disposal specialist. After three tours in the Iraq War Joel came home and struggled with PTSD, and was eventually diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury. After a tough road, Joel found his road to recovery in competitive snow skiing. With the help of his service dog Barret, Joel is a champion for those with disabilities and fellow veterans diagnosed with a TBI or PTSD. Joel competed in the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games as a representative for the United States.