Luke Stalcup enlisted in the Army at 18. He was trained as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist and served in Kuwait, Qatar, Iraq and other areas of Southwest Asia beginning in 2000. He was awarded two Bronze Star Medals with Valor Device for his actions during OIF I, where he served as an EOD Team Leader. After separating from the Army in 2004, Mr. Stalcup began attending college in his native California, and transferred to Columbia University in 2005. During his time at Columbia he served for two terms as president of the US Military Veterans of Columbia University.
In 2008, working with Derek Blumke and Elizabeth O'Herrin, he co-founded Student Veterans of America and worked as the Director of Public Affairs during SVA's campaign for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Mr. Stalcup also served as the founding member of the board of directors of SVA, and is still privileged to serve on SVA's board as Treasurer/Secretary and Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee. In 2008 he completed his BA at Columbia in Mathematics and Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures. He then completed his Masters degree (MA) at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service with a concentration in International Relations and Security. In 2010 Luke decided to pursue a career in Medicine. He is currently pursuing an MD from the Duke University's school of Medicine and lives in Durham, NC.