Amy Hess served 22+ years in the military both as an enlisted soldier and officer. She had a variety of specialities that include adjutant general, chemical and security forces. She had tough roles that required tenacity but added elements of humanity and compassion. She deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of the Global War on Terrorism and was medically retired in 2012.
When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in January, she focused on her health. She took cancer head on and is now cancer free. She believes her 2017 No Barriers Expedition prepared her for a different kind of mountain: cancer.
She is focused on raising her three amazing kids including twins who are now seniors and a little girl in 6th grade and wants to continue to set an example for them. They stay active in all academics, sports, dance, the outdoors, and spending time together. Her special someone and his kids hold a dear spot in her heart. They have been exceptionally supportive and wonderful as she fought cancer.
Amy founded a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization after she retired, assisting veterans with their benefits, homelessness, PTSD, finding employment, and a multitude of areas surrounding post military difficulties. She also started a garden where veterans received fresh vegetables and canned and distributed these treats in care packages at Christmas.
Through the WarriorStrong experience, Amy hopes to reflect on where she has been, where she is currently, and where she can continue to grow. She hopes to inspire, connect and engage with other veterans while learning more of the No Barriers Life.