Ep 13: Beyond Battlefield: Marley Ganthier’s Advice When Returning To Civilian Life

On episode thirteen of Untold Valor, we welcome Marley Ganthier, a highly decorated military veteran with an extensive career, including service in Kuwait and Iraq.

In this insightful episode, Marley Ganthier shares her journey from joining the Army to becoming a Paralegal Specialist and eventually transitioning to civilian life. The episode covers various topics related to mental health, self-care, and the importance of finding positive outlets.

You’ll gain valuable insights into Marley’s military career, her experiences, and the lessons she has learned along the way. She’ll share personal stories, wisdom, and advice to inspire others who may face similar “situations” (Marley doesn’t call them challenges) in their journey to cope with returning to normal life after service.

Highlights of this episode:

3:00 – Marley talks about her transition to civilian life after more than two decades of military service. She highlights the difficulty in adapting to the change in structure in day-to-day life.

7:40 – “Drink water. Take Motrin. Run it off.” How mental health attention has changed over the years in the military.

9:50 – “You can’t fill another person’s cup if yours is empty.”

15:30 – Find a positive outlet. It can make a world of difference.

More About Marley Ganthier:

Marley E. Ganthier hails from Brooklyn, NY. She joined the Army as a Chemical Specialist in 1997. After One Stop Unit Training at Fort McClellan, AL, she served at Fort Lewis, WA. She reclassified there to a Paralegal Specialist in 2000. Her follow-on assignments include, Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort McPherson, GA; 5 Tours of duty to Kuwait, 2 to Iraq; and several other stops.

Awards include: Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (4), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4), Army Achievement Medal (2), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (8), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Volunteer Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Developmental Ribbon (3), and Army Service Ribbon.

She is the middle of 5 children to Max and Ghislaine Ganthier. She is a proud mother to her 23-year-old son, Nazir E. Thomas.

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