My name is Veronica Hernandez. I am originally from Oakland, California. Growing up in a city full of gang violence and poverty, I didn’t see myself being a product of my environment. I wanted to embrace what the world has to offer and travel and explore new endeavors. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to live that life, staying in Oakland. At the age of seventeen I made a life changing decision to join the United States Marine Corps. I felt like that was my one ticket out of Oakland.
I served honorably for 9 years as a radio operator. I have been stationed on the East coast and West coast and traveled to various countries. Also, I had the honor to work as a first responder at the White House during President Obama’s term. During the time I served, I’ve met many people and been through many trials and tribulations. It took a lot of perseverance and persistence to overcome the obstacles life has thrown at me.
I’ve been blessed with three beautiful and healthy children and they mean the world to me. These past years have been a huge toll on our lives and have caused a lot of turmoil. Going from stability in my life to total chaos and having friends and family support along the way, it has been a rough road to get back on my feet to support my children. From the bottom of my heart I want to thank the Wounded Heroes of America foundation for giving me and my family helpful opportunities to get my life back on track.