Tristan served in the United States Air Force and deployed to Iraq in 2008 and 2010. Upon transitioning out of the Air Force, he then worked as a defense contractor in Afghanistan. After service and contracting, Tristan enrolled in St. Johns River State College before transferring to Brown University where he completed his A.B. in Economics. Tristan has been heavily involved with veteran and veteran-related organizations, initiatives and events: He has worked with the Ivy League Veterans Council, Student Veterans of America, the USO, Operation Stand Down, and has volunteered on behalf of Blue and Gold Star families. He has also worked with one of the co-sponsoring Senators of the Forever GI Bill. Tristan is currently at Yale Law School, Class of 2021.