At Beyond the Uniform, Justin Nassiri interviews military veterans about their civilian career. His goal is to provide both active duty members & veterans of the Armed Forces with the resources they need to be successful in their civilian career. Resources and podcasts can be viewed at

Justin is the Founder & CEO of StoryBox, and started Beyond the Uniform as a side project to help active duty military personnel. Justin is an ENFP who lives in San Francisco with his ENTJ wife (and inspiration) Rebecca and their ESFP dog Hemingway (Hemi).

Justin studied Electrical Engineering at the United States Naval Academy, where he received what’s been dubbed “a $200k education shoved up your [censored] a nickel at a time.” He also received the world’s finest education in leadership, serving as the Brigade Performance and Conduct Officer and the President of the Men’s Glee Club (note: as a result, Rebecca refers to herself as the First Lady).

Justin served as an officer with the incredible crew of the USS Alaska (SSBN 732) and for a far-too-brief time with the USS Chicago. This training was the single biggest asset to his experience as an entrepreneur, helping him break through walls, push himself beyond his limits, and occasionally fight giant squid and flirt with mermaids.


  • Justin’s military background
  • Justin’s point of view that miltiary transition is as much about the mindset than it is about the skillset
  • The stigma that exists surrounding veteran mental health as the stigma of the broken veteran
  • How to view veteran mental health through the lens of contribution
  • The tendency for veterans to be action oriented, and how this might get in the way of solving problems
  • The comfort zone of the veteran and how growth happens when we’re uncomfortable


Justin’s Article on Task and Purpose: 5 Things Veterans Don’t Know about Getting a Civilian Job

BTU #84 – David Smith: Marine Corps infantryman to CMO of a Norwegian Startup

BTU #64 – Anthony Garcia: Army to Founder of Guide-On, an Essential Veteran Resource





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Duane France

Duane K. L. France is a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as a mental health counselor practicing in the state of Colorado. Do you want to join the conversation regarding veteran mental health? Share, like, and comment. Read Duane's previous posts and follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn. Keep the conversation about #veteranmentalhealth going.