Poetic Veteran (AKA H.M. Gautsch) is born and raised in and around the backwoods of Black River Falls, Wisconsin. She relied on music as a passion and healing power at an early age, as trauma would shape and complicate her development as a child. Music was her only escape, until she was introduced to poetry and wordplay at the age of 13. She used poetry as her voice, before she could find her own vocally outside of singing. She started out as a poet/writer and had her first poem published at the young age of 16.
Throughout her adolescent years and beyond, she had a way to beat to her drum in a world of stereotypes and labels and had a dream bigger than the village she grew up in. After high school, Poetic Veteran would go off to basic training and start her military career, which would create her global curiosity and flare through her experiences and connections she created during her decade of military service and tour in Taji, Iraq, back in 2006-2007, when she was just a young 20 years old.
She uses multitudes of art therapy to heal from her trauma/PTSD from childhood and from deployment. For the multitudes of artistry, she has done performance arts in theatre and in drag, she is an actress, author, photographer, and videographer. She also advocates for others who struggle with their mental health through her messages and her own stories. She also is an advocate for her own communities, the LGBTQ community and the veteran community.