Amanda Souza is President and Founder of the Chris Souza Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to serving Veterans and their families by bringing awareness to the many struggles that Veterans face as they come home from serving overseas. Her longstanding passion for those who protect and serve our country fuels her dedication to raising PTSD awareness and providing services to Veterans, Service Members in need, and their families.
In 2015, Amanda lost her husband, SFC Jarrett Christopher Souza, to PTSD, and struggles every day with the pain of her immeasurable loss. Chris was not only a soldier who served with distinction for over 25 years in the US Marine Corps and Virginia Army National Guard, but was the love of Amanda’s life, her best friend, a father, friend and role model to her children. He is the strong, heroic namesake of this foundation. Amanda strives for his legacy to inspire and restore lives through The Chris Souza Foundation.
Since finding her husband after his death, Amanda now struggles daily with anxiety, flashbacks and haunting memories of the day she will never forget and struggles to understand. Amanda herself now struggles with PTSD and understands the wounds that are not visible or physical, and can personally relate to Veterans and families impacted by PTSD.
In addition to founding the Chris Souza Foundation, Amanda has served on the Advisory Board for a homeless shelter for discharged Veterans. She has an extensive history of giving back to the community through volunteer positions with local Police Departments, supporting local JROTC organizations, building wheelchair ramps for disabled Veterans and is an active participant in USO programs and her local VFW. Amanda is a Gold Star Wife and recognized as Blue Star Mom, and is extremely proud of her son Kenny who serves as a Mortarman in the USMC, as well as her other children Stevie and Sarah who are very active in their High School JROTC.
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Mechanicsville Branch Library
7461 Sherwood Crossing Place
Mechanicsville, Virginia 23111