Author • Speaker
Annette Richards was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. She published Vietnam Veterans and Family Decision Making. for the United States Government in conjunction with Kristina Handy, Vietnam Veterans and Family Decision Making. Annette later presented at the National Agent Orange Symposium on the research study printed by the US Government.
Annette served in the armed forces and a humanitarian mission to the South Pacific. She is a former addictions counselor and a successful grant writer. She wrote psycho-educational curriculums for the Office of Family Support focusing on self-sufficiency pertaining to welfare recipients, and curriculums for spouses of Vietnam Veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Syndrome. Annette facilitated both of those groups. In connection with being an addiction counselor, Annette presented to inmates, and youth in correctional facilities.
She also trained interns in advocacy, case management and counseling. Annette is an experienced advocate in disabilities, Medicaid, Social Security Benefits and Veteran Benefits. Annette has spent over 20 years in the educational system as a substitute school teacher, teaching grades K-12. Throughout that time Annette worked in retail bringing years of customer service and sales experience to her repertoire.
In her earlier years Annette refereed basketball, softball and volleyball on a high school level, along with judging debate. Annette currently serves on the Veteran Advisory Council for Mental Health at the Salt Lake VA. She is a Certified Graphologist, having consulted companies in marketing and sales. Certification in addictions counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Her interests are writing, public speaking, training and consulting. She enjoys serving others and bringing them peace of mind.
Treachery To Triumph
Your story can bless many lives. So I wrote a story. One filled with shame, fear and silence. A story of torture and mocking. Words finally shared to remove the sting of trauma. Heartache and understanding of what a closed tongue creates in the echoes of one’s mind, hidden away from all to see. Now to be revealed in written word. Courage to override the fear of telling a secret buried deep within for over 47 years.