I am a Disabled United States Air Force Veteran who has worked in numerous capacities in the private and government sectors. I am a Freelance Writer, Visual Artist, Sculptor, and Entrepreneur. I suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from my service in the Air Force, and I am caretaker for a loved-one with Bipolar Disorder I, Mixed, with Psychotic Features, as well as other comorbidities. She has been declared 100% disabled. Our experiences in dealing with the stigma and consequences of Mental illness have shaped my desire to contribute on issues related to Mental Health, treatment of Veterans, and the specter of poverty.