BENEFITING: The Woman's Heart
ORGANIZER: The Woman's Heart
EVENT DATE: Oct 01, 2013
This is an exciting opportunity for you to support Grace After FIre through the Honoring Those Who Serve Challenge launched by Newman's Own Foundation.
Grace is very special to me as a woman Veteran as it connects me with my sisters in service. I served 12 years in the Texas Army Naitonal Guard (TXARNG) and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005-2006. I have also been on homeland defense and hurricane missions. I continue to serve as a spouse to another TXARNG Soldier and as an Outreach Coordinator for Grace in the greater Dallas area.
My service in the Army National Guard gives me the unique experience of understanding issues that face our National Guard, Reserve Soldiers and their families. So many times, these service members and their families fall through the cracks when back out in their communities and in drilling status. There is not a base that they live on to have certain services and the members that they deploy with working next to them are no longer working beside them everyday to notice changes in the individual. Our program Table Talk is a peer support program that helps women Veterans transition back into society through positive encouragement, self-development and other life management skills.
My personal experience during my deployment overseas drives me to want to help others overcome any difficulties that they may still be facing from their time in service. I know that I have never felt as alone as I did during my deployment. My situation was such that I did not have someone that I could trust and it was best if I closed in on myself. I functioned as I had been trained, but inside my soul had been so torn from all that I had gone through. There was not a "Grace" for me to come home to and readjusting back to being a mom to an almost 3 year old was not an easy task. I had been gone almost 16 months overall for my training and deployment. After many struggles of guilt, frustration, tears, and depression to name a few, I am now thankful for my life experience that allows me to help others.
I have found my path in life and my passion is to help other women Veterans that have gone off on an unmarked dirt road find the way back to the pavement.
I feel that it is important for my fellow women Veterans to know that they are not alone, to find the positives in their past and use it to move forward with a new outlook. It's amazing how when you change your mind or perceptions, you can see your life change in the most amazing ways.
Please join me in supporting Grace After Fire and the women Veterans that we serve! Thank you!