Our annual Veterans and Military Families Scholarship has been awarded, this year, to Alexis Alvarado. A veteran of the United States Navy, Alvarado wrote her winning essay about the PTSD she suffered from an assault and its subsequent effects on her ability to pursue her career goals.
Raised in a long-time Navy family, Alvarado always wanted to join the military. “I joined the U.S. Navy in 2011. I knew that I would enlist from an early age because I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps just as he had followed his father’s footsteps,” she wrote.
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Initially, her time in the U.S. Navy was remarkable. Alvarado was a top recruit, becoming a Corpsman, ranking first in her class for Advanced X-Ray Tech C School, and earning two associate’s degrees. She was also named Sailor of the Month, Bluejacket of the Quarter, and Bluejacket of the Year.
Then, in 2015, the trajectory of her life came to an abrupt stop. “I was assaulted, and my life was forever changed,” wrote Alvarado. Once a straight-A student, she began to be overcome by stress and anxiety in classrooms, which led to her failing all her college courses as she pursued a bachelor’s degree.
The Effect of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
After dropping out of college in the wake of her PTSD, Alvarado decided to make a career change and try beauty school. “I was able to go to the classes for about a week,” she wrote, “but anxiety and fear once again got the best of me.”
PTSD from her assault forced Alvarado into giving up her one-time dream of becoming a doctor, but she has found tremendous courage to pursue a new career. Taking inspiration from her husband’s live-in caregiver business, she has decided to complete her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
But her ambition does not end there. Alvarado plans to use her experience and knowledge in the business world to eventually become a business law attorney. Thanks to the online program at Western Governors University, she is able to mitigate the effects of her PTSD and continue pursuing an education.
About the Veterans and Military Families Scholarship
Alexis Alvarado is a perfect example of the type of person we wish to elevate at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers. The Veterans and Military Families Scholarship was created as a way to help fund the educations of those who have served our country and put their own lives and mental health on the line.
Like Alvarado, many veterans may experience PTSD from trauma they have suffered. At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, we strive every day to bring justice and compensation to all clients who have been harmed by the actions or negligence of others.