Meet Boyd

Boyd Melson and his immediate family have dedicated their lives to serving and helping others, and combined, have more than 60 years of military service to our country. At 10 months old, Melson’s family moved to Brooklyn, NY where his father was stationed as a recruiter for the Army.

He attended New York City public schools, starting with P.S. 195 for Elementary School, and then continued on to Mark Twain Junior High School, and Brooklyn Tech High School, splitting most of his childhood between Brooklyn and Staten Island. After his father retired, his family saved and bought their first home in White Plains, NY where Boyd completed 11th and 12th grades at White Plains High School. After high school, Melson attended West Point and graduated as a lieutenant in 2003 with a psychology degree and a minor in nuclear engineering, and three years later was promoted to captain.

While at West Point, Melson started boxing in the National Collegiate Boxing Association and was quickly recognized as a skilled fighter. He racked up many achievements in boxing including: 4- time U.S. Army Champion, 3-Time Gold Medalist at the Armed Forces Boxing Championships, World Military Boxing Champion, Bronze Medalist at the 2005 U.S. Nationals, and Silver Medalist at the 2006 U.S. Nationals. In 2008, Melson was an Alternate for the United States Olympic Boxing Team. Melson was inducted into the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. Additionally, while boxing for the Army and for the U.S. National Boxing Team, Melson earned his MBA through Touro University International while on Active Duty.

Melson worked in the healthcare industry for 5 years working for Medtronic, Johnson&Johnson, and Gauss Surgical, as a medical device representative. He worked for 8 years as a group fitness instructor at Equinox Fitness. He was Commissioned into the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Field Artillery Branch. He was assigned to the Army's World Class Athlete Program stationed at Fort Carson, CO. He is a Public Affairs Officer in the United States Army Reserve. He has been a motivational speaker for 6 years.

While on leave at the end of his junior year at West Point, Melson met a woman who had suffered a spinal cord injury from a diving accident and was confined to a wheelchair for most of her life. They dated from 2003 until 2009. He promised her shortly after they began dating that he would do whatever he could for the rest of his life to help her walk again.

He decided to box professionally and risk his life in that ring AFTER they broke up because he promised her he would never stop. Melson became a professional boxer to donate all his purses to help cure spinal cord injuries. The last several years he has devoted much of his life to raising awareness about spinal cord injuries and to organizations that focus on finding cures. In addition to donating his winnings, Melson co-founded the 501c3 Non- Profit “TEAM FIGHT TO WALK,” which is comprised of fighters who are helping raise awareness for the clinical trials aimed at curing spinal cord injuries.

Most recently, Melson came out of retirement from professional boxing and re-entered the ring to raise awareness about the heroin addiction epidemic on Staten Island. He boxed and donated his purse to a Non-Profit named BIGVISION whose mission is to help defeat drug addiction in young adults. Melson conducts a weekly free boxing clinic open to Staten Island residents who are battling drug addiction with the motto “Knock Out Drug Addiction.”

Melson currently serves on the Service Academy Nomination Committees for Congressman Jose Serrano and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney. In this position, Melson offers both congressional offices his input regarding which high school students he believes deserve a congressional nomination which is a mandatory requirement in order to attend one of our nation's prided Service Academies. To continue his service outside of uniform to our nation's veterans and Active Duty servicemen, Melson serves on the Advisory Board for the 501c3 Non-Profit Stop Soldier Suicide. He continues to do his part to combat the plague of suicide amongst our nation's Veterans which he states is as important to him as any issue our country faces.

Melson’s new chapter of service to his community and country is beginning now. He wants to take it to the next level and serve as NY 11’s representative to the U.S. Congress.