Meet the Veterans – 4 of 6

suzanne

My name is Suzanne and I am 51 years old. I have four children 29, 27, 12, and 10, I will be a first time Grandma in August.
I joined the Marine Corps when I was 19 years old, I picked the Marines because I wanted to do something physically and mentally challenging.
On my 20th birthday I was sexually assaulted by four Marines.
I reported the assault but was not taken seriously by the investigative service.
This started a lifetime of nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety, anger, depression, but mostly fear. I have been in therapy now for almost 5 years and about 6 months ago I was finally able to tell my story without fear.
I am always looking for retreats and experiences to help with PTSD, that’s how I found VOC. I have always liked the idea of putting on boots and a backpack and just walking and reflecting on myself and my life. I have lived most of my life in fear and I am hoping that this experience will help put this behind me or in the least not be controlled by it. I am currently enrolled in a meditation certification program and I am hoping to help other Veterans with PTSD.

3 thoughts on “Meet the Veterans – 4 of 6

  1. Suzanne I’m looking forward to following your journey as you walk the Camino! I, too, am a military veteran and we are about the same age- I would like to walk the Camino in the next year or two and can’t wait to hear more from you! Best wishes to you- you are an inspiration in so many ways.

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