Adam Shatarsky was born and raised in Leesburg, Virginia, is a graduate of Loudoun County High School, and has been a life-long fan of the Washington Redskins. Adam has always been driven by adventure, along with the spontaneity and adrenaline rush that comes along with new journeys. In 2002, it’s this sense of adventure that brought Adam to New York City for the better part of seven years. Adam knew something was missing from his life – a purpose, a true passion, a mission to pay it forward. The mission of true purpose hit Adam when he passed a United States Marine Corps recruiting center in downtown Manhattan. He would hold onto this dream for two years before acting on it.
Adam would spend four years in the United States Marine Corps with the 2nd Battalion 5th Marines Weapons Co. (Retreat Hell!) stationed in Camp Pendleton, California. In 2011, Adam served in Japan during the search and recovery mission following the major earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country. It was during his time in the United States Marine Corps that the idea of “The Wounded Walk” would come to fruition. “If tomorrow wasn’t promised, what would you give for today?”