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Local veteran overcomes trauma through opera music

Watch this video about Kela Holmes, who walked away from her dream of becoming an opera singer to join the Army:


But Holmes says by 1996 while at her first duty station in Ohio, she questioned her decision to enlist. Holmes says she was violated by a veteran she was dating who had just returned home from Desert Storm.

“I did not know that he had some psychiatric issues,” said Holmes. “One drill weekend I was raped and beaten by a fellow soldier.”

She told her superiors and says her attacker was arrested. Afraid, Holmes did not testify against him, and the man whose actions would consume her life for years was not imprisoned.

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