tara-uniform-framedTara was an MP in Iraq when an IED hit the convoy she was traveling in. Her leg was almost completely severed above the knee. As a result of major blood loss and her heart stopping twice, part of her brain died, resulting in brain injury. Tara may now be a wheelchair-bound veteran, but that hasn’t stopped her from building a successful business making jewelry.

HOW has awarded Tara multiple grants so that she can continue to grow her successful business. The grants have allowed Tara to buy new jewelry making equipment, properly display and market her beautiful jewelry, and have the ability to participate in arts & crafts shows around the country. Over the past six years, Tara has been able to travel to multiple arts & crafts shows and jewelry related conferences, which have helped expand her business.

Tara’s business has allowed her to regain a sense of self that was lost after the life-altering IED attack. “My post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has also diminished to a point where I almost feel like the ‘Old Tara’, which is wonderful. I can only profess this to be due to working on something that gives me joy and purpose every day.” HOW is honored to be a part of Tara’s journey and can’t wait to see what the future holds for both her and her business.