At Stack Up, a nonprofit serving U.S. veterans across the country and the world, playing games is part of the firm’s mission. Founded in 2015 by Stephen “Shanghai Six” Machuga, a former Army Infantry/Military Intelligence Officer and Airborne Ranger, he served in Iraq with the 2nd Infantry Division for 13 months. What helped him get through that “seemingly endless” time was video games. 

After leaving the service in 2006, Machuga worked in Washington DC as a government counterterrorism analyst and also did charity on the weekends. That charity work is where he found his calling: creating an organization that helps US and Allied military members get through deployments to combat zones and recover from traumatic physical and emotional injuries with the power of video…

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