I am reaching out hoping that someone out there will help me with my future.
I am 26 years old, almost 27, and currently Active Duty military. My husband is a disabled veteran who served 11 years in the Navy. We are currently living in Washington State, where I am stationed. I am originally from PA, and he is from OR.
My plan was to stay in the Navy, but all of that changed quickly these last couple weeks.
I did antiterrorism/force protection while in the military. Last year I sustained a back injury while at work, which I have not recovered from. Due to my injury, I am being medically separated from the military after 6 years of service. I now live with chronic pain each and every day, and can hardly take care of myself. My husband has to help me dress myself and wash myself in the shower. I can’t drive or work out anymore. I suspect I will be separated from the military as early as November, and as late as March 2025. Due to my injury, I do not think I will ever be able to work again, although it is my dream to be able to be pain free. The medical care I received while in the military did nothing to improve my extreme pain.
Additionally, I have undergone a mental health crisis as a result of these changes to my life. I am struggling to even find the desire to survive these days. I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder that affects me each and every day.
My husband has been out of work since 2020 and I was the sole provider for the two of us. Now that is being taken away from me.
As a wife and provider, I want more than anything than to be able to ease the stress for the two of us. With my back injury and his disabilities from his service, I do cannot foresee a future where we will ever have security or stability.
It is our dream to own a house together someday, and eventually have kids. Without the security and stability from being in the military, our primary source of income will be gone. I have no support from relatives, and neither does he.
I never expected my life to end up like this.
I hope that to anyone reading this, that you know that anything at all would help. Whatever it is that you would like to donate would be life changing. I just want to be able to have enough money to get me on my feet as I transition into the civilian world. This money would go towards our future together.