Annette is a military spouse, mother to two teenagers (college sophomore and high school Junior) and veteran who served in the Army for over seventeen years as a Chemical officer including a deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. She retired and decided to trade in her boots for converse sneakers to be able to make up for lost time with her children. Since her retirement, she has PCSd from Fort Polk, LA to Fairfax, VA to support her husband’s military career. Her blog A Wild Ride Called Life™, LLC. incorporates stories from her post-military life in which she shares how she lives life as being a mom and military spouse living with PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Along with writing, she also hosts a podcast titled “The Truths We Hide” in which not only does she share her story, but she also has guests who share theirs and offers advice to others to help them know that they are not alone.
Annette is a mentor for veterans on Veterati and for military spouses on Ementor. Annette also has a passion for volunteering. She volunteers as a mentor for TAPS, Tragedy Assistance Program for children survivors. She has also been offered a volunteer position with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in which she will be teaching and speaking to college campuses across Northern Virginia and the DC area.
Annette has also decided to become an Ambassador for the BEE Daring Foundation. After speaking with Michelle, the CEO, she saw that they had many similarities to include wanting to help others overcome trauma and help them cope with their mental illness. Because they were both like-hearted and like-minded, Annette knew that becoming a part of the foundation was truly what her passion was all about. Not only is she able to help Veterans, but also first responders, law enforcement and college students.Contact Me