People who say you do not get to choose your family have never been in the military. The instant I put on the uniform I became part of something bigger and more powerful than myself. For me, my military family is my biggest support system. There has never been a time when I have reached out to one of them and they have not answered the call, dropped what they were doing, and been by my side. After sitting with my first combat veteran as a counselor and hearing his story, I knew I had found my calling. I have borne witness to the devastating effects combat, survivor’s guilt, moral injury, military sexual trauma, and substance use have had on my brothers and sisters and their loved ones. It is my honor and privilege to sit with them in the darkness, help carry some of that burden, and walk beside them in their healing journey. To quote Lilo and Stitch, “Ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten”. No man left behind does not end on the battlefield. Our warriors have ensured we live free, and I am dedicated to helping them “come home” and live their best lives.