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Veterans with Multiple Sclerosis Share Their Stories

We are fortunate to have Veterans share their stories of living with MS. These stories are filled with life's challenges, the value of family and friends, lots of hopefulness, with a little sense of humor thrown in. We hope you will enjoy reading these stories and in a small way feel connected to others that are living with this disease. If you would like to share your story with other Veterans, please email

  • Frank Helenberger -- Athens County, OH shares his story on learning he had MS. (2021)
  • Karla Clay -- Dallas, TX shares her story about VA services and care. (2021)
  • Nick Mangus -- Sterling, VA has overcome many obstacles in his health journey. (2021)
  • Michael Whittaker -- Long Beach, CA talks about how MS can change a person. (2020)
  • Tina Messmer -- Lakewood, WA shares how activity helps keep her happy and skills sharp. (2020)
  • Stephen Glaus -- Elizabethtown, PA shares the importance of perseverance in the face of MS. (2020)
  • Stephanie Hartzell -- Portland, OR shares her experiences living with MS and traveling. (2019)
  • Dave Peterson -- State of Washington talks about his traveling lifestyle. (2019)
  • Matthew McCullor -- Bellevue, NE shares how he makes a difference in the lives of others. (2018)
  • Kevin Byrne -- Portland, OR shares the importance of doing things for yourself. (2018)
  • Crystal Muscatello -- Berrea, OH has found healing through Qigong. (2017)
  • Kenneth Johnson -- Los Angeles, CA shares how he found the strength to fight back. (2017)
  • Lia "Lisa" Coryell -- La Corss, WI shares her adventures in Para Archery. (2017)
  • Suzanne O'Connell -- Floyd, VA shares the importance of community. (2016)
  • Dawn Rittmeyer -- Winnebago, IL shares how she has overcome life's challenges. (2016)
  • Edward Robertson -- Green Cove Springs, FL shares his experiences with adaptive sports. (2015)
  • Brian Pettyjohn -- Olympic Peninsula, WA shares his experiences helping disabled Veterans. (2015)
  • William Stavrakos -- Bay Shore, NY shares his experiences living with MS for over 70 years. (2015)
  • Kim Harrison -- Jackson, MS shares how she has overcome the challenges of MS (2014)
  • Jeff Jensen -- LaPorte, IN shares the importance of getting involved and living life. (2014)
  • Charles Cunningham -- Cheyenne, WY shares how the outdoors can make a difference in your life. (2014)
  • Judy Overholt -- Myrtle Beach, SC shares that competing isn't just about winning. (2013)
  • Philip White -- St. Louis, MO shares his thoughts on being your best. (2013)
  • Lindsay Stearns -- Everett, WA shares how she has learned to breathe in life. (2012)
  • Michael Sack -- Waldorf, MD shares his travel adventures. (2012)
  • Nolan "Scott" Bates -- Muskogee, OK shares his passion for creating beautiful artwork that inspires. (2012)
  • Jeanne Goldy-Sanitate -- Rehoboth Beach, DE shares how adaptive athlete sports changed her life. (2012)
  • Charles Kerr -- Oklahoma City, OK shares his experience in the military and with VA care. (2012)
  • Alberto Manfredi -- Ponce, PR shares the difference others have made in his life. (2011)
  • Tonia Davis -- Salt Lake City, UT shares how she strives to be the best she can be. (2011)
  • Ivan Nance -- Juneau, AK shares how he faces MS with his family's help. (2010)
  • Dave Anderson -- Lake Shore, MN shares that an outside perspective can help restart future planning. (2009)
  • Mary Stoll -- Whidbey Island, WA shares her blessings for all that she has had in her life. (2009)
  • Alan Campbell -- Alexandria, VA shares his emotional challenges of living with MS. (2008)
  • Rex Stephens -- Winston, OR shares how he stays as active as he can. (2008)