About: Dawn Risas
Being born and raised in the Army has permanently affected the person I am today, giving me a broad spectrum of experiences and values that make me who I am. I was born to (then) PFC Alvis D and Janice M (Root) Hunter when Dad was Stationed at Ft. Devens, Massachusetts, in June 1965. After traveling to many Duty Stations, including Vint Hill Farms, VA and Augsburg, Germany, we were again Stationed at Fort Devens in 1976. It was while he was there that I graduated from Ayer High School (Class of 1983), went off to college, and in 1985, met and married my husband, Rick. I was fortunate to not have to move again during High School, allowing me to graduated with the same kids I had attended school with since the 2nd semester of 5th grade- virtually unheard of to any Military Brat. Dad retired a few months after I was married as CSM 2nd Bn. USAISD-(Intelligence School), and my parents moved to Charlotte County, Florida. I now live near my parents in Florida, with my husband Rick, to whom I will be married 25 years in June. We have 3 wonderful children. Ashleigh, Molly, and Eric, and a son-in-law, Adam. We are the Grandparents of one Grandson Noah David, which Ashleigh and Adam, who live nearby, presented to us in November of last year. Molly, who is graduated from High School and Eric still live at home. We also share our home with our Cocker-Poo Sherman, who is blind, (he was a puppy-mill product); and 3 cats—Spike, Annabelle and Edgar. Spike and Annabelle found us...and well, Edgar "came along" with Annie- he is her baby. I love animals, and think they are smarter than we give them credit for. I believe my love of animals comes from my parents, and the animals we had growing up that traveled around the world with us. Yes, we had a Brat Dog! Besides writing, I enjoy reading, gardening, and music. I am involved in our Church, where I most recently taught the College and Career Sunday School Class. I have been Journaling for several years, and am currently compiling my journals into a few different books, depending on the journal topic. I have several collections-from raising children, to Spiritual Growth, and of course, my life as an Army Brat.