After retiring from the Marine Corps in 2020 Bernard (BJ) Synder took a position as a telecommunications technician for Prince William County ensuring first responders can talk during a crisis. He has started pursuing his other passions of education and counseling. BJ completed his Master’s degree in Education in 2022 and began his MA in Human Services Counseling in 2023.
In his spare time he volunteers with Crisis Textline helping people through a variety crisis moments.
BJ lives in Orange County with his wife and four children.