Alexis Lane is a former wife of an injured Soldier struggling with the invisible and visible wounds of war. She is inspired by her own personal journey of being in love with a man whom returned home from war, unrecognizable to her and so many others, post war she quickly realized that he had been replaced by a man suffering and struggling to cope with PTSD, TBI, Anxiety and Depression. Alexis has experienced all too well the challenges of finding immediate and emergency help for psychologically injured military veterans and decided it is her life purpose to be the help that she and so many others are of need.
Alexis serves Hidden Wounds in a fundraising capacity and leads volunteer operations. Alexis strives to make a difference to spouses of military veterans through Hidden Wounds with plans of implementing spousal support groups and networks nationwide. Her duty is clear, to continue the fight for helping our American heroes and their families cope and find needed help for psychological wounds.
Alexis Lane is also the author of the book, “PTSD: The Wives’ Side.” In this book, she talks about the life that she lived with her husband. One that consisted of non-stop efforts to find him the help that he needed, all the while, trying to keep her and their lives together. It is an honest and eye-opening guide into the lives of many American’s lives today and it is one that needs to be in every person’s hands, to know the truth of what we are all suffering inside of our homes.
Donna Enos, Project Manager
Donna Enos, a Life Coach, Project Manager and longtime volunteer with Soldiers Angels, is what the Dorn VA Volunteer Services team kindly calls a Civilian/Civilian. Donna was inspired to serve military veteran organizations due to her realization and curiosity to learn knowledge about the military life. She gives daily in heart and determination to help Veterans, Active Duty Servicemen and Service Women struggling to adjust to what their “new normal” looks like after having faced military trauma. She plans to use her coaching skills to assist Veterans struggling with the transition to civilian life. Her long term plans includes obtaining a Masters in Counseling in order to eventually offer services as a licensed professional counselor.
Donna serves Hidden Wounds as a Project Manager, Event Coordinator and Life Coach.
Nicole Streeb, Senior Volunteer
Nicole is in school pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Business Management. She will pursue Graduate school beginning in 2012 for Clinical Psychology. Nicole comes from a long line of military veterans of the United States Air Force, including her mother, father, stepfather, and two brothers.
Nicole’s brother returned from overseas in 2007, he came back a changed man. He was diagnosed with PTSD and spent the next several years on different medications. Her beloved brother’s marriage and home life quickly fell apart from the stress of PTSD, Nicole and her family came together to support him. With a strong support system, her brother slowly became himself again. Nicole became passionate to help more veterans find a support system and educate the community on PTSD and the inner wounds soldiers endure upon returning home. She is also very interested in clinical therapy for PTSD and will pursue this path in her Doctorate. She joined Hidden Wounds in 2012 and volunteers at events as well as networks with possible sponsors.
Ashley is the Public Relations Officer for Hidden Wounds. She oversees communications strategies and media relations in order to raise awareness and increase exposure.
Ashley earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Currently, she is also employed with Summerville Communications in Charleston, S. C.
As the daughter of a retired and disabled U.S. Air Force veteran, the mission of Hidden Wounds is one that she is very passionate about.
Jan spent over 26 years combined Service, USAF, Air National Guard and over 20years USCG, 5 years of which was joint services working with the Coast Guard and Navy at NOB, Little Creek, and COMARDEZSECFIVE. He retired from the Coast Guard, November 1, 1996 as a Personnel Warrant, CW03. Jan is a father of two and a grandfather of two. Jan is married to the former Joanne Covey of Elmira, NY. He is a Master Mason, 32 Degree Scottish Rite Mason. 100 % disabled veteran and proud Member of Hidden Wounds. While, not a National Service Officer, Jan counsels vets on preparing their claims for benefits and submission to National Service Officers. He also counsels vets on the filing of claims for Social Security benefits. The rest of Jan’s time is spent editing books for the Blind at the State library.
John Mills Bigham, born November 11, 1945 in Columbia, SC. Attended public school graduating 1964 from Dreher High in 1964 and Erskine College in 1968. Married Margaret Ann Palmer April 30, 1978, two children, Anna Palmer Bigham and Mills Palmer Bigham. Retired in 2008 following 25 years as Curator of Special Collections in 2008 with the SC Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum.
After mourning the loss of his only son to PTSD, John was equally as resolved as Anna to prevent this tragedy from happening to other families if at all possible.
Glenn Dixon is a US Army veteran with many strong family ties to the military. His father and uncle both served in Vietnam and his brother and cousin are also veterans. As the son of a Navy Corpsman who served in Vietnam, Glenn has seen the effects of PTSD firsthand and knows what it is like to live with someone who suffers from combat related trauma.
Glenn is also the father of a special needs child and is actively involved in Special Olympics as well as other local programs for people of all ages with special needs. Glenn is an accomplished engineer and manager and he brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to help the Hidden Wounds team accomplish the overall mission.