This site serves not only to offer lessons of how to reclaim your life after PTSDGWI, and MST,  but also a call for change in legislationgovernment policies, the VA system, and military practices  
and procedures that impact the veteran population and their families. 


served in the U.S. Army as a Sergeant/Non-Commissioned Officer for 8 years and in the Desert Storm/Desert Shield Persian Gulf War 1990-1991. I was proud to earn these medals. United States Service Ribbon for Service in the Persian Gulf/Desert Storm War/ National Defense Service Medal/Southwest Asia Service Medal/Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal.

I then attended Grand Valley State University where I studied Psychology and earned a Bachelors degree in 1996. I have training in the paralegal field, fashion merchandising, real estate, social work, entrepreneurial and business. In 1999 I founded Stepeze Inc. a youth development organization that serves the at-risk youth in the community. I am the founder and the CEO of  the Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment a Non-profit faith based organization that empowers women veterans, service members and their families.  

I am an # 1 Amazon Best Selling author, entrepreneur, consultant, inspirational speaker and veteran advocate who has over 27 years of experience in the fields of businesssocial work, community development, leadership, ministry, collaborations, workshops and seminars

My core expertise includes a strong background in development of grass-roots organizations, community development, para-legalsocial work, military leadership, prophetic and intercessory prayer ministry, and operating and managing youth organizations and programs
Organization leadership, nonprofit management and operation, program managementsocial services, community outreach, entrepreneurship, leadership and program developmentEvent planning, team building, motivational speaking, coaching, volunteer management, teaching, workshop facilitation, instructorpublic relations, customer service, career counseling, staff development, community development, social networking, social media, writing, research, Microsoft office, networking, business development, singing and mentoring

In my personal time, I enjoy family life, technology, reading, ministry, swimming, nature, traveling, networking and multi-cultural activities and events.

I am a disabled Gulf War veteran that is a strong advocate for veterans and especially the women veteran populationI'm a part of a nationwide veteran's advocate team that provides free nationwide veteran advocate servicesI have completed my first book "Battling the Storm Within" about my military and life experiences.  I have published my second book "Our Voices United" Women Veteran Anthology book
I am also a powerful inspirational speaker that is gifted to empower others and invoke change in the mindset of the audience.  
I am a licensed and ordained Pastor in the Christian faith that oversees and operates the "Battling the Storm Within Ministries" . I am strong prophetic intercessor and have my own Intercessory Prayer Ministry since 2010 on Facebook called "Breakthrough to Freedom" 
pray the Word of God and go forth in Spiritual Warfare and intercessory prayer for one hour every Wednesday night after 11:00 pm EST. I believe that change happens in the mind and in the spiritual realm first so a strong prayer life is essential. So if you want change then make it happen is my motto! Peace and blessings to all. Respectfully, Sgt. Stephanie J. Shannon

I was sure that joining the U.S. Army Reserves would give me the freedom and flexibility I craved. Before enlisting, I had been thinking of going for Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, I already earned an Associates Degree in Applied Arts and Science from Grand Rapids Community College in 1989.

​But, I had to have more and I wanted the experience of traveling, building a career and earning the college money I needed.​ I guess I needed adventure!

So I enlisted into the United States Army as an 88M Motor Transportation Operator on November 27, 1989 and reported for basic training on January 10, 1990 at Fort Dix, New Jersey. 

I was 20 years young and excited about my new life of adventure to become all that I could be in the Army! I was brave, bold and daring enough to risk the possibly of losing my life in order to serve my country and mankind. Unknowingly to meI had entered the military culture, a world full of gray dimensions where I would experience traumas that caused psychological and physical wounds which would  change my life forever. 
Sgt. Stephanie J. Shannon Author Introduction Video
Sgt. Shannon Suicide Veteran to Overcomer Video
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