Sharon Robino-West is a Marine Corps veteran and a writer. She is also a survivor of military sexual trauma and domestic violence. She believes it important to share her experiences, and explain how writing has helped her and other veterans heal.
Robino-West has worked as a peer support specialist for veterans, run support groups for survivors of sexual assault and worked as a program manager for the At Ease program. She also created a program for women veterans in Nebraska. She was part of the first veterans’ block of the Douglas County Jail, where she spent time with the jailed veterans twice a week.
She’s a member of the veteran’s advisory group of the Omaha VA. She currently works at the VA, helping homeless veterans find jobs.
Robino-West has been an invited speaker at New York City’s Writers’ Guild Collective and has published a short story about her son’s return from combat in Iraq. She’s currently working on a non-fiction book addressing the struggles of veterans in the criminal justice system.
Robino-West is married to her husband John. She’s the mother of two sons, one also a Marine Veteran and two step-sons. She also has one grandson and a three-legged Labrador retriever named Holly.