Yes I am a Veteran

This I always will Be

My Rifle and Oath

Look close and both you’ll still see

The day that I left my duty

Is not the day I stopped

Fighting to free

The people of tyranny.

Domestic terrorism,

Corruption, Trafficking

And political parties threaten

To tear us apart now.

As before, when 17 was so young

My Oath today is still alive!

My duty as a Veteran

Will cease the day that I die.

~€Tiffany Marler

When I was 16 years old I made the decision that I was going to be the 4th generation to join the military in our family. My father was supposed to be proud. My family should of been proud. We were a strong military. Family from a strong lineage. That’s not how it happened though.

When I told my parents I was signing up to go into the military it was a different. Time back then. I was graduating early as I was a “book worm” and only 16 my Senior Year. They believed I was too young to be going off into the world. I disagreed. I won the arguement. In order for ME to join I had to win over both my divorced, not speaking parents, and have them both sign my enlistment papers. They did after much debate.

I left for boot camp on the condition with the Navy that I would graduate at 18 so I left for Basic at 17.

I was not ready. I know that now. Do not get me wrong, I absolutely loved my time in the service yet I am also grateful I made it home alive.

Although I did not make it to my 4 year mark I did get hurt. I received an Honorable Medical Discharge. I was a FMFHM assigned to Camp Johnson and then GITMO til I got hurt. It was devastating but the long lost secret I had never written about before because I couldn’t, not within me to, was that I was raped. Three times in two years within my military service.

Once on Liberty weekend at Great Lakes, IL. in January of 1997, then the incident on Great Lakes Naval Base as well when they charged me and not the perpetrator in the spring of 1997 and then the summer of 1997 in Camp Johnson, North Carolina in an old WWII barracks in the middle of night when I was on Fire Watch.

Each time the military knew. Each time they looked away. Like I said I was in during the time of, “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” It’s not like that now. In 2016 the Veteran’s Administration officially recognized (MST) Military Sexual Trauma as a service connected disability even if you did not have proof of the report during the time of the incident. This was a game changer.

Do I believe these incidents effected my ability as a soldier? Hell yes I do! I was kicking ass and taking names and rising in the ranks quick and some “people” did not like women back then like that. And the mental harm that this did to me after being trafficked as a child simply threw me back into all kinds of bad behaviors I never knew that were there.

Drinking, wild sexual desires and then drugs for awhile to. The VA will give you all kinds of those if you ask. And I got real good at asking for those.

I’ve been Sober now again, and I say this because, I had a relapse in between my 8 years so, again I am now sober for 7 years and will never go back!!!

This is just one reason, one part of my story. One reason, why I know first hand of the corruption going on. I have been fighting it quietly and learning how to argue and make our laws and policies better for others so they don’t have to go through what I’ve been through.

I cannot do this alone. But I am not alone. This Oath that I carry is among so many of you. And so many of you have been led astray by bad politics. We Must remember who we are fighting for. Not the men and women in Washington! We fight for the ones who cannot. We fight for our elderly, our disabled. Our homeless, our sick and our needy. This is the American Way. We are United States Veterans.

We are not a Mob. Remember your Oaths and do no harm to your own. Stand together and stop the infighting please. I am asking and begging for our brothers and sisters to stop and come together.

If I can continue to fight in these great battles through my own pain with honor and dignity…then so can you. There is no need for destruction or death of our own people or property.

And also please remember when we all put on those uniforms we were the same color. So what has changed? There should be no race wars within our ranks. We know this and if you do have this issue then you should be ashamed to walk around with a flag because you are not teaching our young citizens the correct values today.

They are actually teaching you apparently. Thank you.

~€ Tiffany Marler




Cofounder & Director of Development, Aurora Hope Foundation©; Human Trafficking Survivor-Advisory Panel, BreakFree-Canada©, Author, Survivor-DV, MST, ST, CST

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