The YMCA is a great place for single mom, Army Specialist Arely Rosario, to bring her kids for activities they can all enjoy.

I’m a veteran, a mechanic, and a mom. While I was deployed, I lost five of my company in one day. My best friend pulled me to safety, but died later that day. Coming back home was very hard, and I was in denial that I had PTSD. My family couldn’t relate because they weren’t in the military, and even within the military, I lacked female support.

There are still times when I don’t want to wake up. I lean on my faith, exercise, and keeping myself busy with my son to stay healthy. I sing and stay involved in the community, and I want to go back to school for nursing.

As a single parent, it’s great to have a place you can bring your kids to and have a break to do something active that we both enjoy. When you’re able to go to a place like the YMCA where they have a program specifically for veterans, it makes you feel less alone.

Learn more about the OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA’s vision to serve veterans, active military, and their families such as Arely Rosario in Greater Indianapolis.