Christy L. Clothier (she/her/hers) enlisted in the Navy in 1997, when she was 20 years old, to improve her life: steady pay, healthcare, money for college. She was stationed at Naval Air Stations on San Clemente Island and Whidbey Island. While in the military she met the man she has since married, which she cites as one of her many positive experiences during those years. Ultimately, Clothier left the Navy because she did not feel safe from the people she worked with and did not support the Iraq war. She now uses writing as a means of “rediscovering [her] voice, healing [her] wounds, and finding true freedom.” She draws from her experiences in the Navy for her work and has been published in Inquiry.