By Capt. Corey RobertsonFebruary 28, 2013
After 25 years of dedicated military service to her country, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Nichelle Fails has found a way to give back to the military community of Fort Sill.
Fails now works as the sole Wounded Warrior advocate on Fort Sill in conjunction with the Army Wounded Warrior program.
"When I had the opportunity to apply for this job, I was thrilled to be able to give back to Soldiers after so many years," said Fails.
"This has been my life; my livelihood is taking care of Soldiers. I made it through the ranks on the shoulders of these Soldiers; this is my way of paying them back and also paying it forward, if possible."
In 2004, the Army established what is now known as the Army Wounded Warrior Program in response to the large number of injuries sustained by Soldiers during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Fails offers personalized non-clinical support, life coaching and tailored action-plans to provide a seamless transition from military to civilian life.
When asked what her goal for each member that walks through her door is, she replied: "That each veteran, Soldier and family member is provided an opportunity to build their own path to independence."
"I'm there from the time they enter the program to when they become veterans of their own community," said Fails.
There are 201 advocates like Fails throughout the United States helping to get Soldiers the benefits and opportunities for transition.