America’s first Iraq war veteran elected to the U.S. Congress, former Acting Army Secretary, and now Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of WorkMerk, an education technology company.


Patrick J. Murphy

The Honorable Patrick J. Murphy is America's first Iraq War veteran elected to the U.S. Congress and later served as the 32nd Under Secretary of the Army until January 2017. Secretary Murphy is currently the Distinguished Chair of Innovation at the United States Military Academy at West Point, a Senior Fellow at the Association of the U.S. Army, a media executive, and the Executive Chairman of WorkMerk, an employee engagement company focused on the future of work. He is a graduate of King’s College Army ROTC Program and the Widener University Commonwealth School of Law, where he currently serves as a Trustee. He has two young children, Maggie and Jack, and resides in Pennsylvania.

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Patrick is committed to being an ambassador for veterans.



Patrick led the U.S. Army – a Fortune 2-sized workforce of 1.3 million, with a $148 billion budget, and the nation's largest employer of millenials. He led the expansion of the Soldier for Life initiative, was instrumental in achieving recruitment goals for the first time in five years, and generated over $250 million in public-private partnerships. He initiated opening up over 2,500 AAFES retail stores for the first-ever, tax-free online shopping which has increased annual sales to over $6.7 billion.


Co-founder of Kennedy Democrats

Co-founded by the Honorable Patrick J. Murphy and former congressional candidate Scott Wallace, Kennedy Democrats draws inspiration from the legacy of Kennedy family Democrats. Through candidate mentorship, young voter engagement, extensive communications work, and contributions to targeted races across the state, Kennedy Democrats seeks to amplify the efforts of the democratic party throughout Pennsylvania and to inspire the next generation to get involved in political service.

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First Iraq War Vet in Congress

In 2007, Patrick became the nation's first Iraq War Veteran elected to Congress, representing Pennsylvania's 1st congressional district. He authored several groundbreaking pieces of legislation into law including the 21st Century GI Bill, the Repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, and the raising of the federal minimum wage. Continuing public service today, he was appointed to the National US Cyberspace Solarium Commission, as well as Distinguished Chair of Innovation at West Point, and supports fellow veterans entering political public service through Kennedy Democrats and Taking the Hill.



Patrick is the co-founder of WorkMerk, an active board member, and a venture capitalist.


Co-founder of workmerk

Patrick currently serves as Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of WorkMerk, a company that provides tech-based business solutions to ensure employees are recruited, retained, and truly engaged. Partnering with fellow Vetrepreneur and Army Veteran John New, they are quickly becoming a national business and thought leaders for the 2.3 million Veteran-owned businesses across America.

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Venture Capitalist

Patrick is a general partner at the Stony Lonesome Group, a venture capital firm which has invested over $8 million in 26 veteran-owned businesses in healthcare, cyber, and big data.

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Board Leadership

Patrick was a board member of the United States Military Academy at West Point Board of Visitors (2011-15), and currently serves on the board of PsychHub (2019-present), Widener University (2017-present), Homes for Our Troops (2017-present), PsychArmor (2017-present).

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Producer & Speaker

Patrick is the founder of PJM Productions, a Clio & Sherwood Award-winning company, a TV Host, and a CAA Speaker.


Founder of PJM Productions

Patrick founded PJM Productions, a Clio & Sherwood Award-winning company that specializes in military veteran content and development. PJM Entertainment creates television, films, and digital content. His current projects include: Unconquered (Epix, 2018), Almost Sunrise (PBS, 2017), and Thank You For Your Service (Dreamworks/Universal Films, 2017). Previously, Patrick was host and executive producer for Taking The Hill (MSNBC, 2011–2015), and The Triumph Games (CBS Sports, 2015–2016).

Motivational Speaker

Secretary Murphy is an inspirational speaker sought after by corporate boards, colleges, and other organizations to discuss how to live a purpose driven life, the grit it takes to win, and successful entrepreneurship. Drawing from his experiences in combat, his heroic efforts during the 2015 Amtrak crash, and his national success in public and private life, he challenges audiences to dig deeper in order to win. He’s represented by CAA Speakers who can be reached here.

Built for a hero

Built for a Hero features the compelling journey of severely injured Veterans and their families as their “forever home” is constructed by Homes For Our Troops.

Hosted by Patrick, each episode follows one Veteran awaiting their new adapted home, while introducing viewers to another deserving hero who has previously experienced the life changing benefits of an adapted home from Homes For Our Troops.


Patrick Murphy is one of the brightest stars in the next generation of American leaders and his inspiring life's story offers hope to all who have the courage and determination to reach for the American Dream.

– Barack Obama