THE DFW VETERANS CHAMBER
As our world changed in 2020 I sat on the couch wondering how I was going to get thru the pandemic. My business like many others was devastated. My clients closed their brick and mortar places and just like that I was too was out of business. A few days into the pandemic I received an email from a friend asking me if the Veterans Chamber of Commerce was a real thing. I quickly set out to find out. After doing some investigation I decided that this was the next logical step. Sure; start a brand new business at the beginning of the pandemic with zero money. Yes! why not? Great idea! I signed the paperwork and called all my Veteran friends and patriot supporters and told them of my endeavor. I was actually surprised when they all said YES! within shy of 4 weeks I had a chamber of commerce for Veterans and patriot supporters. I gathered a few leaders and we worked on the foundation as we started the chamber meetings to help our community stay in busienss. I can’t say the journey hasn’t been fun, because it has been a blast. I would not have it anyother way. This one small detour has brought me more joy and satisfaction than any other thing I’ve done in my life. I get up each and every morning knowing that I’m so blessed and I know that I am making a huge impact in our community. I absolutely love it! Thank God for changing my life and allowing me to change other people’s life as well. I could not and would not want to do anything else at this time.
Cristie is a US Navy Veteran who served as a Marine FMF Corpsman (Medic) during Desert Shield/Storm. She was attached to Marine Air Wing 39 out of Camp Pendleton, CA and deployed to Bahrain with MWSS 373. She received the Fleet Marine Force Ribbon, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, National Defence Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with Globe Anchor and 2 Stars and the Kuwait Liberation Medal during her enlistment. After her Honorable discharge from the military, Cristie obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and her Master’s degree in Fine Art.
She settled in the DFW area with her three girls and has been an avid activist in the Veteran community. She is passionate about serving and helping others become their best.