SGT Monica Southall, Veteran

Current Location:

  Henrico, Virginia


Military Occupational Specialty (MOS)/Current Occupation:

  Not Specified


WTU of Recovery:

  Community Based Warrior Transition Command, Virginia Beach, Virginia


Hometown:

  Suffolk, Virginia


School(s):

  Nansemond River High School, Virginia; Virginia State University, Virginia; University of Phoenix


Events:

  Track, Field, Sitting Volleyball

Injury or Illness:

  Bilateral Shoulder Rotator Cuff/Labrum Injury, Right Knee ACL/Meniscus Injury, Lower Lumbar Spinal Stenosis


Sgt. Monica Southall was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and grew up in Suffolk, Virginia. She graduated from Virginia State University in 2001, receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and from the University of Phoenix in 2013, receiving her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. After graduation in 2001, she realized that her student loan debt was too much to handle and joined the Army to take advantage of the student loan repayment program. Sgt. Southall was called to serve overseas twice in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and Operation Enduring Freedom in 2008.

While serving in Afghanistan in 2009, Southall fell from the top of an MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle) and was badly injured in both shoulders, her right knee, and her lower back along with neurological/urology issues with PTSD. She was medically retired from the Army in May of 2013.

When first returning from deployment from Afghanistan, Sgt. Southall battled depression. Southall loves the fact that adaptive sports allows her to be active and works with her current injuries instead of against them.

“Adaptive sports have given me a reason to enjoy life again and be able to share my story with other soldiers who may need support as well”

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Year Event Results

2012

Warrior Games
2013 Warrior Games
2014 U.S. Army Warrior Trials
2014 Invictus Games
2014 Warrior Games Gold Discus (Track and Field)
Gold Shot Put (Track and Field)
Bronze (Sitting Volleyball)
2015 DoD Warrior Games Gold (Sitting Volleyball)
Gold Women’s Shot Put Standing 5.0 (Field)
Gold Women’s Discus Throw Standing 5.0 (Field)
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