Triangle Community Network Director
Michael Merzke joined Veterans Bridge Home in February 2022. Prior to coming to Veterans Bridge Home Michael worked for Western Governors University as a Strategic Partnerships Manager focused on serving the Military and Veteran community.

Michael retired as a Sergeant Major in the United States Army after over 24 years where he served in Special Operations and Military Police units leading security and law enforcement operations. Michael is a Veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in addition to operational deployments to Jordan, Kosovo, and Panama. For his service he was awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (4 awards), Purple Heart, and various other awards and decorations.

Michael is currently pursuing his MBA with the Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. He is a passionate Veteran advocate volunteering with several nonprofit organizations and actively participates in the North Carolina Veterans Council and the Durham VFW.