Jessica-Rose is a Marine Corps Veteran and the only daughter of dual Air Force veterans. She is the granddaughter, great-granddaughter, and spouse of Navy veterans. Her brother and her uncle are both Marines. She is a Daughter of the Revolutionary War. Service runs in her blood. She served 4.5 years active duty before receiving a medical discharge.
She competed in the 2016 Warrior Games for the Marine Corps team while her husband competed on the Navy team. She medaled in Shot Put, Discus, Track, and Cycling.
Jessica-Rose competed in the 2017 Invictus games Toronto on Team USA. She broke a personal record and earned the Bronze medal in the 1500 meter. Above all else she gained amazing friends from around the world and a sense of purpose.
Jessica-Rose has continued to serve her fellow veterans. While attending the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), she served as a Veterans Affairs work-study in the VA office and served as the President of the Student Veterans’ Organization. Her transition was not smooth out of the Marine Corps and into college and she wanted to ensure her fellow veteran did not have to go through what she went through.
During her time at UCO, she created and maintained ‘Military Mondays’ where different veteran focused services were brought in every Monday to help promote not only what they had to offer but the newly gained space at the university.
After graduating with her masters degree, Jessica-Rose served as a case manager for Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), a VA grant helping disenfranchised veterans who were either homeless or on the brink of becoming homeless obtain sustainable housing and employment. She expanded the program from Oklahoma City into Norman.
After her position there, Jessica-Rose became the Suicide Prevention Program Manager for the Oklahoma Army National Guard. While in this position she was appointed by the Oklahoma Senate President Pro-Tempore to the Oklahoma’s state Suicide Prevention Council, later becoming the only Veteran to serve as chair and serving a total of three years. She was nominated and accepted the position of Chair for Governor Fallin’s Veterans Behavioral Health action plan, later referred to as the “Ask The Question” initiative. She was awarded the Employee of the Year Team award for her “Just Reach Out” Suicide prevention and awareness video.
Jessica-Rose worked for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services where she served as a field representative for an Opioid Overdose Epidemic. In this position she traveled the state educating first responders and community members on Opioid Overdoses and the use of Naloxone/Narcan. She received the Building Excellent Services Together (BEST) pen.
Jessica-Rose worked with SAMSHA’s SMVF Technical Assistance center, leading Mayor and Governor Challenges across the US in developing and executing plans to save the lives of Service members, Veterans, and their Families. Her areas of focus were; lethal means safety with an emphasize on education teams about the gap in overdoses ruled as suicide, the big F in smvF being about families/caregivers involvement, and advocating for mortality review committees.
I love people! My passions is making people feel like they belong. Suicide Prevetion is not what I went to college for but it is a passion that fell into my life. As a child I did not have many friends and I know first hand what it feels like to be alone. I never want anyone to have to feel like they are alone in this world. Life is hard as it is. We don’t need to make it harder by lack of compassion, understanding, and empathy. My life’s ambition is to leave a lasting legacy that empowers others to see and be the positive change that inspires and emboldens the world to flourish in kind.
Jessica-Rose’s mission is to make positive changes in the world through her advocacy and training. She wants to be part of the solution to bringing our communities together and expanding joy in our world.
Advocating for change
Jessica-Rose volunteers as Oklahoma City Mayor’s Veteran Liaison and was appointed by Mayor Holt to represent service members, veterans, and their families (SMVF) on the Oklahoma City Human Rights Commission Task Force.
She lead the Mayor’s Challenge for OKC, a federal initiative between SAMSHA and VA to end Suicide amongst SMVF and serves on the Governor’s Challenge. Jessica-Rose is on the board of USO Oklahoma and prior chair where she is thrilled to serve those who are still serving.
Jessica-Rose is a firearm owner and firm believer in safety. She educates people about proper handling and storage of firearms. Partnering with Project Child Safe and the VA, Jessica-Rose has been able to hand out over 5,000 FREE firearm locks. The responsibility of proper handling and safety is the firearm owner’s. “If you own it for protection, remember that safety is part of protection for you and your family.”
Jessica-Rose is a member of Oklahoma’s Medical Reserve Corps and Stress Response Team. The Stress Response Team assists in emergency response health and mental health care with nationally recognized expertise in disaster and crisis response.
Jessica-Rose has volunteered with the Wounded Warriors Project (WWP) for over 5 years leading peer support groups and donating her time teaching ASIST. WWP conducts ASIST training in every state during the month of September, Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Jessica-Rose is honored to teach across the United States. She was awarded the regional annual service award from WWP in 2019.
Jessica-Rose wants to leave a legacy and empower others to be the change they wish to see in the world.