Your VetStarts Team

Vince Leone

VetStarts Founder, Army Combat Veteran, Husband, Father, Coach

When I came home from Iraq, after eight years of service as an active duty Army officer, I had to face that I no longer had a leadership role, a significant purpose, or the camaraderie of the warriors I had the honor to lead into combat. I was stuck, alone and self-medicating with alcohol.

I began searching for something that would bring my post-military life more meaning and purpose. My new mission became to develop the very best military transition program focused uniquely on the lives of veterans and military family members.

My quest led me to the late Bob Buford, author of the New York Times best-selling book, Halftime: Moving from Success to Significance and to enroll in the Halftime Institute.

Going through a Halftime program shaped my vision to launch the military transition program “Halftime for Veterans.” We provide a military-tailored version of the process considered by many to be the very best career transition process available.
Beyond VetStarts, I’m a husband, father, and follower of Christ. Barbara and I are celebrating 38 years of marriage, we have three adult children, live in Arlington, Texas, and are huge UTA fans. We attend Gateway Church in Southlake, TX. 

Blake McMinn

Blake McMinn

Voluntary Support Staff

Blake is an army veteran, Purple Heart recipient, Halftime for Veterans Alum, & a VetStarts Board Member.

Barbara Leone

Barbara Leone

Office Manager

Barbara co-facilitates our Military Marriage Workshop and leads the Warrior Art and Vet Kids Art Club programs. She brings 23 years of experience as an art teacher and educator.

Gail Hartin

Gail Hartin

VetStarts & ICF Coach

Gail brings years of experience counseling military clients as an LMSW, and she is the former wife of Viet Nam veteran.

Joe Leone

Joe Leone

Mission Build Supervisor

Joe is a YWAM Homes of Hope missionary in Tijuana, Mexico. He hosts and trains our VetStarts Service Trips and home builds.

VetStarts Board of Directors

Alice Chou

Chou Foundation

Blake McMinn

UTA Student
Army Combat Veteran

Paul McGinnis

Halftime Institute

David Mack, Ph.D

Associate Dean

Vince Leone

VetStarts Founder & CEO

James Kumm

Dir of Veteran Services

Nate Stone

U.S. Army (Retired)