BEDFORD, Texas, Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For U.S. Army veteran Demecia Rogers, the rough years began during her deployment to Iraq in 2003. They might very well have continued, had she not reached out to Wounded Warrior Project ® (WWP) - a decision that laid the foundation for the support network she is part of today.
When the U.S. began its war with Iraq, Demecia went downrange to do her part as a communications specialist with the 63rd Chemical Company, 101st Airborne Division. Training taught her to be vigilant when on the lookout for the enemy. The adversary she would eventually face, however, was on her side of the battle line - a situation for which she was less than prepared. "While I was deployed, I was sexually assaulted," she said. Due to a back injury she sustained while deployed, Demecia was eventually given a medical discharge from the Army, and she said her official goodbyes to military service in May of 2005. What followed was a difficult period of isolation that lasted nearly three years. When she finally decided she was ready to emerge from her lonely struggles, she contacted WWP. The first WWP program event Demecia ever took part in was a women's multi-day mental health rehabilitative workshop in Corpus Christi, Texas. Coming from a lengthy period of emotional solitude, the gathering was a refreshing change for her. Warriors participated in physical challenges in outdoor environments while connecting with each other and working toward improving their outlook and health. "It was the first program event I had ever gone to for veterans, and I definitely wasn't used to being around just female veterans," she said. "It was really nice to be around other women who could share their stories. We sat around a bonfire and talked about our experiences."