In his youth, Bryant Watson overcame the challenges of homelessness, foster care, and the unexpected death of his mother. He credits part of his success to his own determination but credits a greater part of it to the embrace of his adopted family, help of his fellow Americans, and inspiration of his country.
To give back, Bryant chose to attend the United States Military Academy. As a cadet, he studied Arabic and economics and learned to solo-pilot helicopters. Following graduation, he volunteered for the infantry and led 27 soldiers on combat missions by foot along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. He also represented his alma mater and recruited future Army officers while serving with the Directorate of Admissions. Currently, Bryant is a student at Yale Law School.