This is me from back in 2012. I look so young 😳
I was often referred to as Dora the Explorer...I wonder why 😂
I have often been asked If I would have changed anything or If I would have served if I knew then what I know now and the answer is no.
As difficult as it was to leave my family and miss out on a lot of important events, I loved serving. I may have asked for more help instead of being so damn stubborn and hard headed, but I loved being around Soldiers.
That uniform changed me. I saw things I never thought I would see. I’ve met people who will forever be my Army family. We stick together like no ones business. We are our own tribe.
It was not easy. It sucked. I have things I deal with on a daily basis, but I grew up a lot. I will always be grateful for the time I had and the opportunity to serve in the capacity that I did.
This was my life and I hope I made my children proud.