Melissa Johnson

Melissa Johnson was born and raised in South Dakota.  She and her husband Sean raised their three children in Aberdeen, SD where they met and were married in 1995.
Melissa earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Huron University in 1994 and her Special Education Certification from Northern State University in 1996.  Melissa spent 15 years with the Aberdeen School District as both a Special Education Teacher and a First Grade Teacher.

Melissa’s husband Sean enlisted in the US Army Reserve in 1988.  He has deployed three times during his 24 year career in the military.  He served with the 311th Evac Hospital during Operation Desert Storm (1991), and with the 452nd Ordnance Company during Operation Joint Guard (1997) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (2005-2006).  Sean was injured by a mortar blast on March 25, 2006 in Balad, Iraq.  The blast resulted in a traumatic brain injury.  Sean is also legally blind and struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder.

When Sean returned home in 2007, the family struggled to adjust to this “new” man in their house.  Melissa eventually left her teaching job to become a full-time caregiver to her husband.  She is now a certified caregiver through the VA’s Caregiver Program.

Both Melissa and Sean have been active with the Blinded Veterans Association since 2009. Melissa is a volunteer Caregiver Coordinator with the BVA’s Operation Peer Support group established for OIF/OEF veterans and their families.

In early 2011 Melissa found Family Of a Vet online while searching to make connections with other caregivers to ease her feelings of isolation.  Since June 2011 Melissa has been an active volunteer with Family Of a Vet and now serves as Volunteer Coordinator on FOV’s senior staff.  She is working diligently as an advocate for FOV to ensure our nation’s heroes and their families can find the resources and support they need for their life after combat.