“It was the first time in my life that someone looked at me and told me I could be more,” said Young. “He said, ‘Give me five minutes of your time. I’ll change your life.’ It took him two.”
After two deployments to Iraq, Young returned to the United States and served for four years as a recruiter in Plymouth and Lawrence. She was also diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. But it was a uterine cancer diagnosis that led to Young’s medical discharge from the Marines in October 2011. After undergoing a hysterectomy the cancer is now in remission, she said.
Young was introduced to volunteer work through the non-profit organization The Mission Continues, which awards community service fellowships to post-9/11 veterans. She said the biggest lesson she learned while working her fellowship at the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center was how good it feels to volunteer.
“It was just a great way to give back to the community,” said Young. “I think everybody should serve whether you’re a veteran or not.”
Young now works as a regional recruiter for The Mission Continues, travelling up and down the east coast.
“I love working with veterans,” said Young. “It’s my niche.”