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I Was Born Into The Army

October 31, 2016 by  
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by Sabrina Olazarra I was born into the army. My grandfather served in WWII and the Korean War and my father served during the Vietnam War Era. I grew up as a dependent in the US Army. I was one the lucky kids who got to see the world, Korea and all over Europe.  As […]

As You Wave On

September 27, 2016 by  
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This poem was written in Ramadi Iraq, 2005. At the end of a particularly gruesome day, feeling so many emotions, I became fixated on the lone American flag flying above our post. I became jealous of it’s materialistic nature that allowed it not to feel the great pains of war. AS YOU WAVE ON By […]

“My Women in the Military Oral History Project”

December 26, 2013 by  
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In 1977 I was a JAG Officer stationed in Stuttgart, West Germany at VII Corps Headquarters, Kelley Barracks. The commander was Lt. Gen. Julius Becton. I was invited to a meeting one day and it was about the General’s plan to find out what the issues were for women in communities under his command. I […]

The Modern Day Joan of Arc

July 12, 2013 by  
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I walked into the Microsoft office in suburban Washington, DC, with the attitude that I—the soldier named Susie—wasn’t really there. Instead, I was Joan of Arc—a young woman who found herself called to fight for a noble cause and who’d have to be an equal to men to do so. Playing this little mind game […]

“Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.”

January 6, 2013 by  
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My name is Mary Kay Riccardi. I wanted to join the Army for a while, but chickened out many times before I finally decided it was time. While I was in basic training, I was harassed by all my fellow soldiers. I was “too slow.” I was “too weak.” I never gave up, even when […]

It’s your life, do with it what you want.

June 6, 2012 by  
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It seems like a long time ago when I joined the Army. I was naïve, didn’t have any ideas about what I could do and wow, the army wanted me. Man, did I feel important. No one back then told me how smart I was, or how I could make it in college and this […]

Letter to a Friend Whose Husband Is Deployed

April 4, 2012 by  
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Dear Oldest Friend, It’s been a few months since your husband left again for Afghanistan. The last time he was gone, something bad happened, but it was the kind of bad that could have been worse. He was lucky to have escaped with minor injuries, and you were fortunate to not receive that visit. In […]

Just Listen

February 10, 2012 by  
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Saturday, January 16th, I attended a memorial service for my friend, Captain Mariah Kochavi. I hesitate to use the term “friend”, because I am not sure I knew her well enough to claim that title. However, I think Mariah is probably comfortable with it, and considering that she gave me something of considerable value, no […]

“At the NYC Veterans Day Parade with American Women Veterans.”

November 11, 2011 by  
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In September of 2010, I was up late as usual and typed the following words into google: US + veterans + organizations + women. This was a search that I had done off and on over a period of six years. Previously, it had led me to fabulous groups such as the Army Women’s Foundation, […]

Dear Luka

July 20, 2011 by  
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This letter is written to my son, Luka. I published a book and the cover has a photograph of a solider who lost his life fighting in Iraq. This is my explanation to Luka about who this man was and what the military is. Dear Luka, I love that every time I get on Facebook […]

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