Veteran Advocate




summary of my story

In 2000, I became a victim of Military Sexual Trauma (MST).  For 12 years, I suffered silently from Post Traumatic Stress associated with MST.  On the outside, I was a functioning, put-together woman. I became a workaholic because the military shapes you into becoming a Jack of All Trades and, as such, I've spent most of my life working hard, mastering many trades over the years.  That also meant, working hard to the core to distract myself from this personal part of my life that I was ignoring. In the military, you are also taught to compartmentalize your emotions and to live a disciplined life of training for both peacetime and combat operations. In other words, mission first, everything else later.  As a result, I never dealt with the incident until 2012.  I realized that I needed to deal with the very thing that was eating me away from the inside out. Thus, began my five year journey to complete healing and restoration. 

Today, I am proud to have overcome this part of my life that had silently haunted me for many years.  Now, I am on a mission to help others overcome trauma into a life of triumph associated with MST. 

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Marilyn Richards



Marilyn Richards was born at Travis Air Force Base, California and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She currently lives and works in Southern California. Her father is a retired Air Force veteran and her mother comes from Negroes Occidental in the Visayan region of the Philippines. She has three sisters, one of which is a twin; Christina, Marissa and Sarah. Her parents split and divorced when she was ten years old.

Marilyn is a graduate of Colorado Technical University with a Master’s in Business Administration, Human Resources. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management, Public Administration from Ashford University.

Marilyn is a U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force veteran who specializes in Executive Administration in the government and military sector for the past 17 years. In addition, she does a lot of volunteer work in administration for fellow business owners, friends and colleagues as well as her local ministry, City of Truth Christian Faith Center (Founding Pastors, Amos and Roxanne Jones) where she loves to serve as the Church Administrator, Usher and Ministry of Helps. She is a huge advocate and supporter for veterans, business owners, and humanitarian causes.

In her spare time, Marilyn loves to be on the computer working on different projects, or staying home watching her favorite shows or favorite military or Disney movies. She loves playing Android games and surfing the web collecting the latest Meme humor and funny pictures. Most of all, she enjoys going out and spending quality time with family and friends. 


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Sexual Assault survivor