Being the daughter of a U.S. Navy veteran, I have heard countless stories of what it’s like to serve hundreds of feet below the water’s surface for months at a time. I have heard both stories of laughter and stories of hardship. I was raised to acknowledge the sacrifice others have made and to follow in their footsteps. I take great pride in being able to give back to those who have given their freedom for mine.
I have also witnessed first-hand what PTSD can do. My adopted brother survived childhood trauma and continues to fight the after-effects of these events. I have been by his side supporting him as he transitions into independent adult life and attends rehabilitation. My grandfather also suffered from service-related trauma and developed a substance use disorder as a consequence. He passed on before I was born, but I have heard stories of how this disorder not only affected him but affected the life of my father and his brothers
Because I have personal connections to the service and mental health disorders, I find it fulfilling to give back and be a part of the transition others take to be their best self. It is an honor to be a part of Warriors Heart staff.