Ms. Judi Wicks has extensive experience in counseling, case management, advocacy, and Warrior transition issues. She worked for four years with MEDCOM to establish the first Army Ombudsman Program in Hawaii at the Warrior Transition Battalion. In this position she provided Soldiers and their families direct support and resources to navigate the complexities of medical, physiological, transitional, and the unique life issues effecting Wounded Warrior. Ms. Wicks is an expert with military family issues, PTSD, TBI, and homeless Veterans. Besides the US Army and now USSOCOM, Ms. Wicks has worked in a variety of counseling and advocacy environments to include schools, hospitals, behavioral health agencies, drug treatment facilities, and with the severely mentally ill and homeless in Hawaii.
Ms. Wicks holds two BS degrees from Minot State University in Secondary Education (English) and Education of the Deaf. She started her career teaching English at a residential deaf school before completing a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas. Her extensive background as an advocate, counselor, and military spouse gives her a keen understanding of the unique challenges facing SOF Service Members and their families.
Ms. Wicks has been a military spouse for 33 years to husband, Col (Ret) Bob Wicks. After years of moving with the Air Force, they now permanently reside in Ko’Olina, Hawaii where they enjoy wine at sunset and planning trips to the mainland to see their three grown children: Leah, Jessica, and Robby - along with their three amazing granddaughters: Amelia 6, Charlee 4, and newborn Bay.