Lt. Col. Michael Zacchea (USMC-ret.) led the Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis of the Iraqi Fifth Battalion and their US advisers. He was awarded two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, and Iraq’s Order of the Lion of Babylon. He has testified before a joint field session of the House and Senate Armed Forces Committee on the Iraqi military. He is an appointee to the Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs for the Small Business Administration. He works as a veterans’ advocate with VoteVets and other veterans organizations, appearing widely as a public speaker; in the documentaries Thank You for Your Service (2016), Eleven: From WWII to the Present Day (2012), The Road to Fallujah (2008), and Odysseus in America (2005); and in the New York Times and on NPR, among others. In 2006, Zacchea helped form a nonprofit organization to help Iraqi interpreters immigrate to the United States, which eventually became known nationally at The List Project. Zacchea is currently Director of the UConn Entrepreneur Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities. He holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut, an MA from Hawaii Pacific University, and a BA from Notre Dame University. He lives in Connecticut.
Ted Kemp has worked as an editor, writer, and overseas correspondent, principally for CNBC. He has covered events ranging from maritime piracy in the Singapore Strait to the 2011 London riots, and has overseen writers working in Iraq, Iran, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates. Most recently, he conceived and is correspondent for an upcoming CNBC documentary on maritime slavery and illegal commercial fishing in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Kemp holds an undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University and received his journalism degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a passionate reader and a former amateur boxer. He lives in New York.