I am a Veteran Certified Peer Specialist in Tye, TX. I'm a Persian Gulf War veteran who served from Apr 89 - Apr 95.
I started O.N.E. FAVOR (Outreach Network Enrichment Faces and Voices of Recovery) because I experienced military sexual trauma in the Navy and have been receiving treatment since 2008. I have been sober since March 12, 2006.
My network includes underemployed women who have experienced sexual trauma. Most of us are housewives that spend time alone making crafts as a secondary income and as part of our treatment plan.
I have started blogging on my website about trauma-informed care, telling some of my experiences with women on the website I'm learning to build at WA, and doing recovery audio recordings on O.N.E. FAVOR Facebook group.
Update May 23, 2018
When I checked my profile this morning my WA ranking drastically dropped.
I have been tracking my ranking since May 17, 2018 to see if my participation in the WA community would make an impact.
On May 17 my ranking was 6240 with 174 in my network
On May 23 my ranking was 561 with 204 in my network
I spend an average of 3 hours a day responding to emails for trainings and blogs and replying back to those who followed me. Even with 3 hours in my day dedicated to the WA community, I'm way behind.
I do my best every day in addition to spending 15 hours a week working on my lessons.
I originally planned on 25 hours a week on WA. This number has increased to about 35 hours a week since May 4 when I became Premium. The hard work is definitely worth it since I have learned so much.
As Woody Allen says: 90% of success is showing up, 10% is what you are showing up for.