Vince Leone knew from childhood that he wanted to be a soldier. He spent eight years in the U.S. Army, and that season of Vince’s life has shaped the man he is today. The structure, training, and guidance he received allowed him to discover and live into his innate creativity, finding innovative solutions to strategic challenges.

Vince served as a commanding officer in the Gulf War, and that experience has shaped his leadership and character – and his second half mission.

Shortly after he returned from the desert, Vince resigned his commission and looked ahead to God’s next assignment. One thing was clear: his time in the military had given him a calling to somehow help military veterans. “As a combat veteran I’ve always had a deep heart-felt passion for the welfare of our country and the veterans and their family members who have sacrificed so much.” However, Vince was struggling so profoundly with re-acclimating to civilian life, he needed help. He had a brutal wake up call that forced him to seek help.

Watch Part 1 of Vince’s Story – What was his season of halftime like? 



Vince went through an intense season of healing and transformation during his halftime journey. His Halftime Coach helped him piece together the roadmap for recovery and ultimate impact. Today, Vince uses the Halftime Roadmap to help veterans develop a new plan and a path once they return home through VetStarts and Halftime for Veterans. This process helps veterans to untangle the confusion of re-integration and step into a new life, giving them structure, hope, and renewed purpose.

Watch Part 2 of Vince’s Story – Equipped for Impact: Veterans find Hope, Purpose, New Life  



About VetStarts and Halftime for Veterans:

VetStarts is a veteran operated nonprofit direct service provider of vet-to-vet identity coaching and career training designed to empower transitioning veterans to start new lives, new careers and new businesses. We believe that business, not the government, offers the effective and sustainable solutions to many of the hope-crushing challenges our veterans are facing. Meaningful new careers and strengths-based entrepreneurial opportunities can provide veterans an authentic identity and purpose outside the military, financial stability, healthcare benefits and confidence for a hopeful future.

VetStarts also equips businesses, churches and communities to attract, retain and develop veterans through education, training and entrepreneurial support programs.

Halftime for Veterans equips veterans and their families to discover their identity and purpose outside the military, and start meaningful new lives, rewarding new careers and new startup businesses.

We feel blessed to be a part of this ripple effect of Halftime alumni who come from a place of “smoldering discontent” to purpose, joy, and impact.

If you resonate with Vince’s struggle and his desire for impact, make sure to check out the Fellows Program. Click here. 

To view more alumni video stories, click here.

To learn more about VetStarts, visit their homepage. CLICK HERE.

Paul McGinnis
Paul McGinnis’ first-half career was filled with a variety of roles in marketing, sales, and operations, working for a Fortune 250 company, two non-profits, and a family-run business.

As he climbed the corporate ladder, God began tugging at his heart – He had more for Paul than just success, wealth and a corner office. This started an incredible journey filled with wild leaps of faith, incredible lessons in humility and a life-changing shift in perspective.

Paul was introduced to the Halftime Institute by an alumnus. He enrolled and began working with his coach. At first, this led him to become a certified Halftime Coach to help other marketplace leaders navigate this unique season of “halftime” successfully, but he knew God had more for him. A few months later, the opportunity arose to join the Halftime Institute team in a full-time role for a period of time. This role, plus coaching, was the final piece of his Halftime puzzle.

He is currently serving as a Master Certified Halftime Coach and one of the facilitators for the Fellows Program.

Paul and his wife Maryann have been married 28 years and have two grown kids, Drew and Jennica.

“It’s been amazing for me to see God use every single aspect of my first half journey to lead me to a second half of joy and impact.  I now see the “why” behind many things that have happened in my life, and I thank God that He loves me enough to give me just a small glimpse into His plan, purpose and process."

Check out Paul's article, My Halftime Journal Entry:  October 12, 2012

Check out Paul's Podcasts:
God Said Go So I Did - Eternal Leadership
When You Feel Restless in Your Career - Entrepreneur on Purpose