Born For This

Updated: Feb 23, 2021

I married a Marine and was raised in a Navy family, but my personal journey brought me overseas for two and a half years as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer. Like the veterans who have worn the uniform, though, I took the same oath to protect and defend the constitution of the United States… I just did so without a military discount, commissary access, weapons training, and a guaranteed USAA membership.

Despite every twist and turn expected of a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer in the last nine years since I closed my service, I’ve somehow landed in a city that owns my heart with a personal and professional mission that energizes me every day.

For the last seven years, I've served in outreach and impact roles with two different veteran engagement organizations. I've sat with wounded warriors at bedside at our nation's premier military treatment facility. I've hosted caregivers for spa and respite retreats. I've planned workshops and engagement events. I've coached veterans on how to find their new mission and purpose out of uniform.

And I've made it my own mission to unite the veteran space in the city I love.

In 2013, I started my dream job with Wounded Warrior Project. I'm convinced I'll never love a job in the way that I loved that one, but I knew that the pace I kept was not sustainable. There was also no line in the sand between my personal life and my professional one, and the emotional fatigue was real. Still. It was fun. My teammates were family. The mission was radically important. I loved it.

What I didn't love, though, was the number of times a Warrior or family member would tell me they needed help and didn't know where to go. Or when I heard someone hear the worlds "hopeless" or "desperate." If I never have to hear "I wish I'd known that sooner," it'll be too soon.

So, I plan to do something about it. Or at least, I'll die trying.

More to come!

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