My name is Suzi Vinci, I am a U.S. Navy and naval reserve veteran. I served just about 15 years between my active duty and active reserve time.
I come from a very strong military family. I had a Grandfather in the U.S. Army, one in the U.S. Marines, my father served in the U.S. Air Force as a tail gunner on a B29 bomber during the Korean War and retired after 20 years of military service. I had two brothers serve in the U.S. Army during Vietnam, one of my sisters (and myself) served in the U.S. Navy, my son served just shy of nine years in the U.S. Air Force who was deployed twice and I have a great nephew shipping out for U.S. Marines boot camp very soon.
During my time in the Navy and naval reserve, I was fortunate enough to be part of a few really incredible units that afforded me opportunities to see places of the world I may not see otherwise. I was placed in positions working with some of the most amazing people and learned so much from my career as a Navy yeoman and recruiter. My last unit I served with prior to finally getting out was a Navy special boat unit – though this was a combat-ready unit, I was able to serve beside the most remarkable men and be part of a supreme team as administrative support.
I experienced many beautiful people during my military career. I also experienced some people whom of which refused to bring themselves into the 21st century. The good far outweighs the not so good. I am grateful and thankful for every experience, which are what shaped me into who I am today.
I raised two children while serving my country and I am proud to say that they both are incredible, honest, hardworking and productive members of our society. It was not always easy and there were times when I was gone for lengthy periods of time and relied upon my family to provide for them in my absence. I feel that my children witnessing me juggle my military career, motherhood and school, provided them with the tenacity and endurance they both possess as adults.
I am proud of my service to my country, I am proud of the uniform that I wore and I am proud of the role I play in assisting veterans today. I have come full circle with regards to serving to my country and now serving our veterans as assistant veteran service officer in the Placer County Veterans Services Office. I can stand tall shouting out to all that I, Suzi Vinci, am what a female veteran looks like!