ASSEMBLYMEMBER IRA RUSKIN SELECTS ARMY VETERAN FROM EAST PALO ALTO TO BE HONORED IN SACRAMENTO WEDNESDAY
Army Staff Sgt. June Moss
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Ira Ruskin (D-Redwood City) has selected Retired Army Staff Sgt. June Moss of East Palo Alto to be honored at the Third Annual Veterans Recognition Luncheon in Sacramento on Wednesday. Staff Sgt. Moss, a decorated 12-year Army veteran, will receive an Assembly Resolution at the event hosted by the State Assembly Veterans Committee. The luncheon will be Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street, 11:30 a.m.
“I am so pleased to recognize Staff Sgt. Moss for all that she has accomplished personally and professionally,” Ruskin said. “She bravely served our country for many years, and then returned home to some overwhelming issues and dark days. She had the courage to reach out for help – when others said she didn’t need to – and successfully changed her life. Now, through experience, advocacy and encouragement, she is helping other veterans change their lives.”
Staff Sgt. Moss served in the Army from March 1993 to January 2005, and spent 2003 on the front lines in Iraq. As a dedicated soldier, she earned a number of honors including the Army Commendation Medal, five Army Achievements Medals, the Army Presidential Unit Citation, three Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
After rotating home, she struggled with anxiety, insomnia, family and life issues, including divorce, single parenthood and homelessness. Even as those around her discouraged the use of mental health services, she sought assistance from a Dept. of Veteran Affairs psychologist and was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). With the support of counseling and medication, Staff Sgt. Moss started on her long and challenging journey on the road back to health.
Today, she works as program support assistant for the VA Chaplain Service, which provides spiritual and pastoral care to staff, veterans and their families. She supplies meals, clothing and service referrals to homeless veterans who request help. And, she advocates, through personal outreach and the media, for veteran mental health services at every opportunity.
“I share the story of my battle with PTSD to encourage other veterans to seek help at our facilities,” Moss said. “I feel that it’s important for someone to take the first step to let others know that they aren’t alone.”