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October 16, 2016

I married Jon Vasquez on Lake Superior August of 2005. He is a wonderful man who served in the Navy from 1998-2006 I served in the US Navy from 1998-2004 as a Nuclear machinist mate aboard the USS Enterprise CVN 65 where I met my husband.

After service I attended The University of St Catherine's for an accounting degree and studio arts minor. I have attended Blind rehabilitation to learn braille, white cane techniques, talking computers and how to work with my hands under blindfold so I can cook, clean and feel confident in the wood shop or doing minor repairs around the house.

I worked for the Blinded Veterans Association as the Region 6 Field Service Officer Supervisor. Helping Visually impaired Veterans and their families apply for benefits and connect to community resources until my office was consolidated.

Currently I am starting an aquaponics business with the help of Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
 
We are both disabled Veterans. I am legally blind which is service connected and started in 2002. It's been a long road of adjustment for myself and my family, but we are learning all the time and have found different ways for me to participate in old and new hobbies/activities. Jon has a brain injury with other physical limitations and hunting is a great togetherness sport for my husband and I. We enjoy spending time in the outdoors and in the kitchen preparing and eating our successful hunts. This elk hunt was the first I've ever done, it was amazing and Tony our guide was great at helping me achieve a clean shot. He held his hand up to block the light so I could see the massive elk! We have already made and shared elk tongue tacos, and elk heart bruschetta. It's my first experience eating elk and it tasted wonderful. We are looking forward to many more meals and due to the large size, sharing it with others. This was a fantastic gift that blessed my family in different ways, from meeting wonderful people, enjoying fall in Northern Minnesota, hunting a massive elk, filling our freezer, and giving us the ability to share a unique food with others. Thank you for this amazing trip and once in a lifetime experience.