Rick Gonzalez, once a trouble-prone kid working in California’s fields, found his life’s purpose through a random phone call from an Army recruiter. The question, “What do you plan on doing after high school?” set him on a new path.
Lisa Ramsey, a retired Fort Worth Police Officer, is a fighter. Shot in the line of duty during a narcotics arrest, Lisa sustained severe injuries. The bullet hit her spine, putting her permanently in a wheelchair.
Ken Ferguson, a Marine Corps Reserves veteran with a strong military lineage, cherishes his family’s tradition of service. His father, a double Purple Heart recipient, continued to serve despite losing both legs.
Dawn Martin has faced numerous challenges throughout her life. She joined the Navy at 18, despite facing resistance from her small-town community. Unfortunately, she experienced a traumatic assault within the military.
Frank Aguilar, a retired First Sergeant with 25 years of Army service, displayed unwavering dedication despite facing adversity in Iraq and Afghanistan. Frank searched for a way to transition to civilian life.
Jessica Erosa, a veteran who served in the US Navy, reflects on her journey from active duty to civilian life while raising her daughter. Her daughter’s pride in her veteran status prompted Jessica to visit her school on Veterans Day.
Michael Libertini is a police officer with two decades of servicein a small town, where he has encountered a myriad of traumatic incidents. Unlike traditional PTS, cumulative stress develops over years, making it harder to diagnose.
Bryan Hildebrandt’s life journey began as the eldest of seven siblings abandoned at a young age, leading to a challenging upbringing in foster care and group homes. At 20, he moved in with his Marine uncle, whose influence inspired him to join the Marines.
Eli Thomas, a National Guard veteran, initially underestimated post-traumatic stress but later confronted his own struggles. The tragic suicide of his cousin, also a National Guard member, deeply affected him.