Marine veteran speaks to Brielle Woman’s Club

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BRIELLE — Barbara DeAngelo, a Marine veteran who spent most of her life living in Brielle, spoke about her experience in the military and her life afterwards at the Woman’s Club of Brielle meeting on Thursday, Nov. 9.

Ms. DeAngelo, who joined the military directly after graduating high school, is currently employed by an organization called Vets4Warriors, which operates out of Rutgers University, and spoke about her experiences at her current job.

Vets4Warriors only hires veterans as their peer support specialists and connects veterans and those around them who need to talk to someone, for any number of reasons, to the peer support specialists on staff. Calls made are completely anonymous and confidential, allowing the person calling to feel at ease.

“Many of the people we get calls from deal with substance abuse where they’ve drank themselves into seclusion,” said Ms. DeAngelo.

She spoke about how the cause was near and dear to her because of her own experience as both a child and adult. Ms. DeAngelo’s father was a Marine and returned with post traumatic stress disorder. At the time, she didn’t know what it was. Ms. DeAngelo said she used to think he just had nightmares, as he would cry and yell out cadence in his sleep.

As an adult, Ms. DeAngelo experienced a change in her first husband, also a Marine, when he returned from Iraq in 2005. According to her, he was a different man when he returned.

“We have to take care of our veterans. When I answer those calls, I don’t know what’s going to be on the other end,” she said.

For more on this story, read The Coast Star—on newsstands Thursday or online in our e-Edition.