Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Dean Bonura was born and raised in Long Island, New York and is the son of a World War II veteran. He has over three decades of military service including two combat tours as an Army chaplain. He and his wife have been married nearly forty years and raised five sons, three of whom served in the military.
In 2014, Dean founded Strong Heart Warrior to assist clergy in making spirituality-based interventions for Soldiers and Veterans who suffer from the detrimental effects of their wartime trauma.
In 2016, he authored Beyond Trauma: Hope and Healing for Warriors: A Guide for Pastoral Caregivers on PTSD.