For Tonya Oxendine the Army offered an escape from a rough upbringing – a chance for a better life. Although not without extreme hardships and challenges, Tonya embraced the military, using the trauma she experienced in it and after, to become an incredible leader who has made it her life’s mission to take care of others. She served over two decades –  including several years in the 82nd Airborne – retiring as a Command Sergeant Major. Today she serves as the Atlanta Program Manager of Merging Vets and Players – a veteran service organization that pairs veterans with former pro athletes to empower them through the transition once they’ve taken the uniform off. Hear her incredible story of resilience on this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND!

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