Allyson Bowers

Allyson Bowers was born and raised in Kansas. She attended Kansas State University after graduating high school in 1995. In 2001, she transferred to Hawaii Pacific University where she graduated in 2002 with her Bachelors in Business Administration in Accounting.
In 2004, Allyson moved back to Manhattan, Kansas and started working as an accountant with a local technology company. She met her husband, Benjamin in July 2008 while he was stationed at Ft Riley. Benjamin deployed his second time to Iraq on October 5, 2008. While home in December 2008 for R&R Benjamin and Allyson were married.

Benjamin enlisted in the Army on August 7, 2001 as an Infantry soldier. He has deployed twice during his 11 year military career. He was stationed with 172nd Stryker Brigade in Iraq during 2005 to 2006. He was part of the unit that was on their way out of Iraq when they were brought back to stay an additional three months. During this time they witnessed and engaged in heavy fighting in Sadr City. Benjamin deployed again to Baghdad, Iraq in 2008 to 2009 with the Big Red One.  In 2011, he was diagnosed with PTSD and started the Medical Retirement Process. He will be medically retired December 31, 2012.

Allyson has been Benjamin’s helper through the challenges of his injuries and medical board process. In February 2012 Benjamin was in a car accident caused by him blacking out. Allyson took over driving him to his appointments and work for six months. They are still trying to determine why he blacked out and has had a constant headache for the past year, but they have yet to get a diagnosis.

In late 2011, Allyson found encouragement from other caregivers through Family Of a Vet.  This has sparked a passion for helping wounded warriors and their families navigate through the medical retirement process, getting resources into their hands, and advocating for them. Allyson helps wives in Manhattan, Kansas find resources that will help them and she provides support and encouragement.  She also volunteers with Family Of a Vet and is trying to implement programs at her local church to help other military families.