Category Visual Art
Statement Artist Name: Grace Yolanda Bermudez
Grace is a new artist; she has taken a few classes while living in Arizona after her military career. Her hobbies include crochet, sewing, cooking, jewelry making, gaining, and drawing. Grace loves the idea that art can be fun and challenging at the same time. When she is creating all her worries seem to disappear.
She is married and with 1 son and 1 grandson, and currently lives in San Antonio Tx. She served over 22 years in the Army, obtained the rank of Master Sergeant (E8). She served as part of the Jag Corp as a paralegal was known as a Chief Paralegal. She served in combat during Operation Desert Storm and also served two tours in Korea, plus multiple state assignments.
During her service in the Army, she volunteered during off-duty times for the military family program, helping new enlisted service members and their families in getting acclimated to military life. She also volunteered as a victim advocate for survivors of rape and domestic violence. You would also find Grace helping out for fundraising events Los Angeles CA chapter of Muscular Dystrophy during her off-duty hours. These and other volunteer services set her apart from her peers, earning her the Presidential Volunteer Award.
She has earned other achievements and medals as follows: Meritorious services award and medal. Combat Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Achievement medals, Good Conduct Service Medals, Army Professional Development Ribbons to name a few. Grace retired from the Army with an Honorable Discharge.
In addition to her military service Grace has continued to serve her community as a child-appointed advocate, disaster relief case manager, alternative health care practitioner, mentor, and coach. Currently, she volunteers with the Veterans Team Recovery Integrative Immersion Program (Vettriip), a non-profit organization that services veterans.
Art has the power to heal those that otherwise would never heal and inspire those that thought they would never be inspired and remind us that there is still hope and that life has so much more to offer Beyond Service.