Champions of Change
Tristan Persico, a former United States Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician and Afghanistan combat veteran, serves Montana's armed forces community as the Veteran Outreach Coordinator for the Montana Wilderness Association. Tristan provides opportunities for veterans to share wilderness experiences, tell stories around the campfire, and be with peers who understand what they have been through. In addition to his work with the Montana Wilderness Association, Tristan is a full time college student pursuing a degree in Parks, Tourism, and Recreation Management at the University of Montana. Tristan and his family live in Missoula, Montana, where they enjoy spending time in Western Montana's pristine wilderness.