Marine Sgt. Melissa Paul is photographed in the Marine Corps Martial Arts training pit on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. Following a successful wrestling career - including being named an Olympic alternate in 2012 - Sgt. Paul now serves as an instructor trainer in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (Kaitlin McKeown / The Virginian-Pilot via Tribune News Service)
Sgt. Melissa Paul is a wrestler who has been fighting all her life.
Fighting through the pain of growing up without a father since she was 4, when hers was sent to prison in Colorado.
Fighting to get an education in Alaska when her drug-abusing mother wanted to her to quit high school and make a living fishing instead.
Fighting to find a safe home when her mother paid a friend to take her off her hands, for a television.
"When I was younger, I would always pray, 'God, I just want a family. I just want a family.' And I ended up never really having a family, so then I kind of got angry at God," Paul said. "I didn't realize that I did have a family with my wrestling team."
The Marine based at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown who trains martial-arts instructors has been wrestling for as long as she can remember, long before it was common for women to do so.
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