Veterans Overcoming Obstacles is proud to congratulate Natalia  Kauffman on being named Veteran of the Month for July 2019. Incredible  story and great job!!!!


Natalias Story


BRANCH OF SERVICE: U. S. Army

MOS: 94A – Land Combat Missile Systems Repairer

 UNIT:  71st Ordnance Company, 485thCorps Support Battalion

26thBrigade Support Battalion, 2ndBrigade Combat Team, 3rdInfantry Division

 AGE: 34


 Vo2 EVENTS SO FAR:
Singlets and Silkies Deadlift Competition,
Baylon Michael Meyer 5K/10K Memorial Run/Walk


FUTURE Vo2 EVENTS:
Spartan Sprint, Bench and Deadlift Competition in September


 PRE VO2 STRUGGLES:
While I’m no longer in the military, my family life is still dictated by the whims of the military since my husband is still serving. We moved  to Pueblo, CO in August of 2017 and I immediately started school at  CSU-Pueblo. Though I enjoyed school, I did little else outside of the  house and I have always struggled to adjust after a big move. Prior to  VO2, I was not very active. I would go to yoga on occasion, but studying  on the couch for nearly 18 months is what I did most of the time.


HOW HAS Vo2 HELPED YOU:
After nearly two years, I decided to find a gym. Thankfully, my  neighbor and his mother went to a gym in Pueblo West called Devil Dogg CrossFit. Though I was never a fan of CrossFit, I went to check it out and found like I liked the program because it wasn’t like many of the CrossFit gyms I had visited, or heard of, previously. I was also  introduced to VO2 at this point and the program soon sponsored me in my  very first lifting competition. As a person who cannot exercise simply to exercise or “look good,” training for an upcoming competition helped me focus on what to train and motivated me to continue to train.  Competing in competitions with VO2 has not only helped me to become a  better athlete, but has also motivated me to start playing rugby again. 


Congratulations Natalia you are one of us and we could not be more proud if we tried!!!!