I’ve always had a love for our military, dating back as far as I can remember. The stories and photos of my family date back before the Revolutionary War and have always brought me a sense of honor and pride.
In 2005, I helped establish what we would end up calling the PTSD Foundation of America & Camp Hope. A group of people from a church wanted to do more for our military and had an idea for a fundraiser to help raise funds for an organization that was reaching out to combat veterans to try and help them heal from an invisible wound, something that was called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. Even then, no one really knew what it was.
In 2012 the founder’s family purchased five acres of trees with the vision of Camp Hope. Over fifteen years, I’ve seen us go from barely having two cents to rub together to having “boots on the ground” and trying to create what we now call “Warrior Groups” to an 84-bed interim housing facility for combat veterans called Camp Hope.
I’ve been on the “front lines” from the beginning, and I smile when I think of everything I helped create within this organization. From Accounting, Marketing, Human Resources, Operations, IT, and even in the very beginning, what we now call a mentor. I now serve the foundation as the Director of Corporate Services, Board Treasurer & Board Secretary.
Together alongside some extraordinary Americans, our foundation has been able to touch so many lives and continues to SAVE lives every day. How amazing is that? I’m so blessed to be able to look back at everything that I have been able to witness and help grow. I consider myself very fortunate to be able to do what I do. I’m very thankful to God for giving this civilian the ability to help serve our combat veterans who wrote a blank check for my life, liberty & my freedom. God Bless our Military and First Responders; they will always hold a special place in my heart.