Landers was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania and grew up in the small, working class town of Factoryville, Pennsylvania. He joined the Army in 2009 and became a Calvary Scout Specialist. He was stationed in Fort Knox, KY, Schofield Barracks, HI, and Fort Benning, GA. Landers was deployed to Iraq’s Diyala Province from 2010 to 2011 where he worked with the local Kurdish forces. His unit endured firefights, IEDs, and rocket attacks. By the time Landers returned to civilian life in 2014 he had accumulated severe back and hip injuries . He discusses the challenges of pain management and veterans’ services. Landers works as a Ranger for the National Park Service in Salem.