I was born and raised in Great Falls, Montana. My family served in the military and we traveled overseas but I always considered Great Falls my hometown.
After graduating high school I joined the US Army because I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself and I served in the Military Intelligence Corps which taught me attention to detail. During AIT (Advance Individual Training) I was entrusted as squad leader for our class. I had to report with the Drill Sergeants and our Instructors daily to make sure that all was completed and we were maintaining military decorum.
After the Army, I went to the University of Virginia. We all have a desire to be better, and UVA gave me the opportunity to do that by obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. However, the call of service was still something I readily responded to, and I heard it when I met a candidate for office who inspired me to work with them and I started a 14 year career as a political consultant.
When when my Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I came back home to help. Political Campaigns can be stressful but nothing like dealing with a sick loved one while being someone who suffers with military PTSD. I struggle daily as do millions of veterans but it is my intent that everyone who needs Recovery help as well as healthcare can get it and learn to live a happier life.
For the last three years I have been the Montana State Leader for the Recovery Advocacy Project which advocates for people in recovery, families and friends who are affected by addiction. As a person in long term recovery I am dedicated to helping others, I am a Certified Recovery Coach and I mentor those who are in recovery or seeking recovery from substance use disorder.
Now I’m running for House District 21 because I truly want to bring positive change to my district. I cannot do this alone though. Please read about the issues that affect all of us and if you agree that changes need to be made, please help me represent you by donating your time, money or if nothing else, just your vote. Thank you for caring.
Paid for by Lela Graham for HD 21, Democrat, 1500 5th St NW #9 Great Falls, MT 59404 C. Joan Graham, Treasurer; Lela Graham is a retired US Army Veteran. Use of her military rank, job titles and photograph in uniform does not imply endorsement for the Department of the Army or the Department of Defense.
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