Drew Peneton is the author of Boots to Suits and an Army National Guard veteran of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom II. He now works in operations management for a Fortune 50 corporation, where he has gained experience in marketing services and research, community management and project execution. He was a Distinguished Honor Graduate in the Army Primary Leadership Development Course, and is a recipient of the Combat Infantryman's Badge, an Army Commendation Medal, five Army Achievement Medals and many more honors. He holds a BA in Finance from Eastern Washington University, where he was also the chapter president of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, an undergraduate representative of the university disciplinary committee and part of the Sigma Alpha Lambda Honors and Leadership Organization.
After traveling for several years with a corporate field supervision position and witnessing the difficulty civilians have entering the job market without guidance, Drew decided it was time to reach out with a personal touch to veterans returning from deployment or otherwise ending their service to join the civilian job world. He started the blog Boots To Suits to help give guidance and provide assistance to those who lack knowledge about, or are frustrated with, the condition of the civilian job market.
Drew's passions include continuing to serve the veterans of his country and caring for the wellbeing of others. Originally from Grants Pass, Oregon, and now a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, he is the oldest of three siblings and the son of an Air Force veteran. When not working the 9-5, writing valuable advice for transitioning soldiers or seeing the local sites, he can be found contributing travel and self-improvement articles to online and offline communities, snowboarding the nearest runs, hiking the nearest peak or sampling the flavor of local microbrews.
Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families by Andrew Carroll
The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family by Martha Raddatz
American Soldier by General Tommy Franks
No Longer Superman: Rebuilding a Life Where You're Not the "Hero"
Branding a New Kind of Veteran in Tough Economic Times
Improved Veteran Educational Benefits
The Unseen Costs of War: Where the Mission Continues
What Comes Next for Returning Veterans?