Jared Smith joined the South Dakota Army National Guard in 2013 and attended training at Fort Benning, as well as Officer Candidate School at Fort Meade. While driving to drill one weekend, he was involved in a vehicle accident, which ultimately led to him being medically discharged from the Army.
These days, Jared works as a Youth Counselor at the local inpatient psychiatric hospital. He spends his free time riding his motorcycle and playing the saxophone. Through this expedition, Jared hopes to push himself both mentally and physically. He looks forward to making connections with others and learning from their experiences, while sharing his own story.