I joined the Navy when I was 17. It was the best adult decision I have made in my life. I served on the USS Simon Lake AS-33, a submarine tender moored to a rock off the coast of northwest Sardinia. I served as an electrician’s mate in engineering. It was the best of times and the worst of times- literally. I was excited to be in the navy, excited to learn, but I suffered unspeakable sexual harassment and assault at the hands of my work center supervisor. I later left the navy for a better opportunity, and the skills I learned there followed me, and so did the trauma. Still love my country, love my friends, and the navy. I wouldn’t change a thing!
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You have been through a lot soul sister. Your journey did not take you down. You stood so high high you are able to carry all of our stories on your shoulders. You are magnificent dear friend.
I love you