Retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel and combat veteran who became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker after he retired from the military. He worked as a counselor at the VA VET Center in Warwick, RI from 2009 to 2018 where he provided mental health care for fellow veterans. In 2017, during his tenure at the VET Center, he began to ‘speak truth to power’ in an effort to have VA VET Center Management revise their clinical productivity policies that were harmful to counselors and compromising quality care for veterans. His subsequent whistleblowing campaign came at great price, personally, professionally, financially and health wise. He is currently urging the United States Congress to pass legislation that has been introduced to the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees, as a result of a federal GAO investigation he helped instigate which substantiated his allegations. This legislation will protect the quality of services to our veterans and their families, as well as safeguard the welfare of counselors who care for them at over 300 VET Centers nationwide. Blickwedel’s crusade to rectify compromised mental health care and counselor well-being within the VA VET Center program has been featured on NBC and NPR, to include the Military Times, other publications and local news broadcasts.


Served with Ted Blickwedel when both were young lieutenants in the Marine Corps. Forty years later their paths crossed again. This led the two of them to co-author Blickwedel’s story in Broken Promises.

Strayve was born to a nomadic military family, attending nine schools before entering college. Following service in the United States Marine Corps, he raised a family while working as a financial representative and serial entrepreneur. Raising his young children, he discovered his talent for ‘spinning tales,’ regaling them with spontaneous bedtime stories.

Soon his passion for history spoke to him and he jumped into writing. His fiction works include the first two books in a four-book series, ‘Braxton’s Century. Book three in the series will be published in February 2023. He published First Spouse of The United States in 2019 and is releasing the sequel, POTUS DOWN, in the fall of 2022. Learn more about JR STRAYVE JR at jrstrayvejr.com.