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Military veterans bring a range of experiences and inspiring stories to their followers, whether it’s motivating others to overcome tough situations or showing what life can be like after serving. Here are eight military veteran influencers using social media to inspire others.

8 military veterans to follow

Iyanna Dunn

This Los Angeles-based Navy veteran usually promotes brands in the wellness and fashion industries for her 129K Instagram followers. She shares her hikes, travels, outfits, and daily life on social media. The former child actress has also worked with many brands.

Andrew Smith — purpleheartvet

Andrew’s posts focus on his family’s adventures, their travels, and the nonprofit the Army veteran started in 2020, Orphans in Asia. The former infantry soldier’s new mission in life is helping orphans overseas by establishing orphanages, feeding centers and schools. 

Ryan Fugit — CombatStory

Ryan created a podcast to share combat veterans’ experiences after he served in the Army as a helicopter pilot. His 74.7K YouTube subscribers enjoy his videos about gear, tools to improve wellbeing and anything patriotic. The podcast explores selflessness, sacrifice, courage and perseverance.

Jeff Sorensen — jeffreyyscott

Jeff is a Marine-turned-fitness coach who incorporates products and services into lifestyle posts for his 107K Instagram followers. He has worked with various industries and brands. Jeff’s German Shepherd also has his own Instagram, with 21.8K followers.

Jordan White — jaypdubbya

Jordan posts about fitness, fashion, friends, family and fun for her Instagram followers. The Air Force veteran is also a certified personal trainer.

Melinda — MrsMotivated2025

Melinda is a Navy veteran who helps her 20.4K TikTok followers find the best products on Amazon, but she is looking to branch out and promote other products, too. Her followers also enjoy her posts about Amazon deals and which codes to use.

Chris Van Etten — chrisvanetten_official

Chris lost both of his legs while serving in the Marine Corps, but his new mission is inspiring his 22.6K Instagram followers who are in difficult situations. Chris is a model, actor and motivational speaker who has worked on the TV show “General Hospital.”

Noah Galloway — noahgallowayathlete

Noah, an Army veteran with 190K Instagram followers, turned to fitness after losing part of his left arm and left leg while he was deployed. Since then, Noah has competed in fitness and sporting events and encourages others with his message of “no excuses.” Noah also placed third on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2015.


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