Give life back to those who sacrificed their lives for us.
Mission Zero’s founder and CEO, Jose Belen is a decorated United States Army Combat Veteran whose deployment began in the spring of 2003 during the initial invasion into Iraq. His tour continued for 14 consecutive months in combat as a Field Artillery Soldier in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom One & Two.
Upon honorable discharge from the military, Jose sought a life full of potential as a combat veteran and civilian. Jose’s natural ability to lead and conquer the most difficult challenges landed him many successes in corporate America. As one of the nation’s top producers in the Real Estate and Insurance industries, Jose consistently exceeded expectations, broke records in sales and service, and never turned down an opportunity to mentor those around him. For many years Jose managed a successful corporate career, his responsibilities as a husband and father, and the duties of a mentor and friend to those who knew him best, all while quietly battling PTSD.
For many combat veterans like Jose, the battle with PTSD and suicidal thoughts is fought in silence. Current data supports the fact that more than 22 veterans a day commit suicide, and Jose was almost one of them. From the depths of despair and destruction, a reason for Jose to choose life was born, and that reason was for those 22 we lose to suicide every day. Thankfully, instead of Jose’s story ending in death, his story continues with a powerful message of strength, perseverance, and hope. Jose won his battle with PTSD and suicide, but the war that wages on our veterans is far from over. For many soldiers leaving the battlefield, the fight has only just begun.
Jose and his family know first hand what life is like when our soldiers come home, and how having the proper support, education and resources available can mean the difference between life and death. Mission Zero was established to find solutions that address the lack of support, education, and resources available to our veteran community and to bring national awareness to the veteran suicide epidemic. Mission Zero is an organization dedicated to ending veteran suicide, and by establishing key initiatives to address the issues our veteran community faces we hope to fulfill our purpose to give life back to those who sacrificed their lives for us.
As founder and co founder Jose and Danielle Belen have made Mission Zero their life’s work. Together they have over 20 years of success in professional sales, service, and consulting. Danielle, a University of Central Florida graduate, uses her experience in public relations, marketing, communications and corporate training to create the necessary relationships to support our organization’s objectives. Jose’s professional success, keen business insight, and ability to overcome adversity, combined with excellence in leadership as a soldier in combat, empowers him to be the catalyst this nation needs to bridge the gap between the industries that represent resources veterans can use to successfully battle PTSD and thoughts of suicide and the veterans and loved ones who need them the most.