Track Heroes is an organization that was built to find alternative solutions for the needs of First Responders and Veterans who deal daily with conditions such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, and stress, as they transition to civilian life.
Who We Are
Founder / CEO
Luke Ryker, is a decorated Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician, who has personally felt the challenges associated with PTSD, the benefits/challenges of mental health support and how HDPE events can help with both. It has been this success that has driven Mr. Ryker to bring awareness to the challenges/struggles of PTSD, promote benefits of Adaptive Control (AC) exercises and to help Veterans re-create the comradery/brotherhood many have missed since separating from the military.
Prior to TRACK HEROES™, Mr. Ryker served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Operator where he executed a wide variety of operations including multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan where he earned various medals including the Bronze Star and Combat Action Medal / Badge.
After his Honorable Discharge, Mr. Ryker continued his support for the military by utilizing his C-IED experience to prepare deploying servicemembers. This included curriculum development, training aid production and in the field training exercises. As he progressed in his civilian career, he earned multiple promotions to the position of Vice President, where he oversaw all company Operations and Corporate Development for nearly a decade. These wartime and corporate experiences have helped Mr. Ryker both identify the need for Stigma Free Mental Health support and the ability develop Track Heroes™ to help fill the gap.
Co-Founder / Neuroscience Research
Wes Powers is a former Army Medic specializing in Weapons of Mass Destruction Medicine and Forensics. He continued this work at the Pentagon Force Protection Agency.
Wes has served as a subject matter expert advising policy, incidents, information used in published work, as a lead Federal Agency Instructor, and annually gives special topic lectures at universities.
Wes graduated from the Citadel as a Veteran Student and completed his Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. During his Master’s Internship, Wes spent 800 hours working with the Homeless population and riding 12-hour shifts with local Police providing on-scene Mental Health.
Wes utilizes his dynamic background to provide TRACK HEROES™ its unique, vicarious outreach approach based on neuroscience and his shared experience of what worked and didn’t work as a Veteran striving for a better life.