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    A day in the life of an Uniformed Victim Advocate

    A Day in the Life of a UVA

    Photo By Lance Cpl. Zachary Larsen | Sgt. John D. Rodriguez Jr. Cleveland, OH, native, Uniformed Victim Advocate (UVA) with...... read more read more

    CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, JAPAN

    04.15.2019

    Story by Pfc. Zachary Larsen 

    Marine Corps Installations Pacific

    CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, Japan- “I have always wanted to help Marines and now I formally can,” said Sgt. John D. Rodriguez Jr., a Uniformed Victim Advocate and central office repairman with Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific-Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Japan.
    When Rodriguez was a junior Marine, Rodriguez loved helping his fellow Marines, but some issues were out of his hands. So, Rodriguez decided to become a UVA.
    A UVA is someone that a Marine can talk to if they have been a victim of sexual assault.
    “We are here to provide support for Marines and to get them the resources they need,” said Rodriguez, a Cleveland, Ohio, native.
    Rodriguez believes being a UVA has great benefits for both the UVA and the people they help.
    "The most rewarding part as a UVA is being able to help," Rodriguez said. "I'm always glad to be there for the Marines."
    Marines who want to go the extra mile for their fellow Marines would make great UVAs according to Rodriguez.
    "A UVA needs to be able to reach out a helping hand and let somebody grab onto it for help,” said Rodriguez.
    If you are interested in becoming a UVA, contact your local Uniform Victim Advocate’s Office or your unit’s UVA.

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    Date Taken: 04.15.2019
    Date Posted: 05.01.2019 02:21
    Story ID: 318096
    Location: CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, JP 
    Hometown: CLEVELAND, OH, US

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