Derek McGinnis is from Discovery Bay, California. He is a graduate from California State University Stanislaus earning a Master of Social Work degree. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration from Wayland Baptist University.
Derek is an Iraq War combat veteran serving in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman for eleven years.
He currently serves combat veterans and their families at the Modesto Vet Center. Derek advocates for veterans coping with pain through the American Pain Foundation and is the author of Exit Wounds: A Survival Guide to Pain Management for Returning Veterans and Their Families.
He is a competitive athlete competing in many triathlon and running races a year as a member of Team Semper Fi.