Mother & Son Duo suffering from PTSD to earning their degrees in Social work, They are consultants from Colorado to California The Alliance House.
It was then that I noticed this little girl about eleven years old trailing us at a safe distance. She wore a yellow head tie on her head, a pretty flowered colored skirt and a pink shirt. She didn't look to dirty so I figured she must not be homeless. At any rate she kept following us everytime we stopped to look at something or take pictures, she would pause too. I took the moment and managed to get a picture of her. She even smiled at me. I got to thinking how lucky we were as Americans living free.
This Picture is in Bosnia, when I saw the little girl.
That Deployment left me with a deep sense of loss... I was sexually harassed. I was afraid that I would die at the hands of a land mine... placed in the roads to hurt soldiers. I had nightmares because we carried our weapons and gas masks... and hoped I would never have to use it... Units lost soldiers. To suicide... and land mines...
Twenty years later I'm under the care of a team of psychiatrics... psychologists... for PTSD...
For the love of country I remain hopeful.
Arlene L. Tate
Donovan was 17 when his father, Victor, died. Victor died 2 weeks after this picture was taken.
Fort Logan in Denver, CO
Acceptance letter from Colorado State University Maters Degree program In Social Work. Dated February, 2016