Jose Machado served in the U.S. Army as a field artillery tactical specialist. In 2003, he deployed to Iraq, where he spent a year at various locations supporting operations.
In his civilian life, Machado is married and has three children, with another on the way. He enjoys spending time with his family and coaching youth wrestling. Machado connects with other veterans by golfing and working out at the gym, and through this expedition, he hopes to build relationships with his fellow warriors.