Thursday, June 22, 2017

My Life Has Been Altered in a Blink of an Eye

July 8, 2011 by  
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I will never regret my service and if I ever did get well, I would go back to Afghanistan in a heart beat. I just wish the DoD would admit something is happening over there with our health and look for the causes. I believe this is Gulf War Syndrome all over again…

Learning to Lead in a Man’s World

July 2, 2011 by  
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If a Marine wasn’t measuring up to standards, it was my job to get them back in the game. If a male
peer was harassing a female subordinate, it was my job to correct him. I had to be unwavering in my
conviction. I had to be a woman and a leader. I grew isolated. I grew strong. I slowly grew into more of
the woman I idealized when I was younger.

Pre-Enlistment 1975

May 9, 2011 by  
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The recruiter was great, not pushy. He explained everything. And, perhaps because I had mentioned growing up in the military I did not get the sugar-coated version of basic training. There was no mention of time on the beach, trips to Disney World (basic training for Navy women was in Orlando at the time), fancy condos, parties.

That was the night my world changed forever

April 22, 2011 by  
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I met Jenny today for lunch after she returned from visiting Sara’s grave site at the cemetery. I asked her if I could post a writing of Sara’s. She agreed

We Can Stand Side by Side as Equals

March 30, 2011 by  
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As one might imagine, there are a few infantry males that have very shallow opinions of females in combat situations. This criticism is something we all endure and then use for motivation to continue our mission with even more strength and ability. We prepare ourselves by not only being physically fit and trained in all aspects on our mission, including weapons and first aid, but we also bring with us a strong mindset.

“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers”

March 21, 2011 by  
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I left my baby when he was six weeks old to go to basic training and AIT. I came back just shy of his first birthday. I thought joining the National Guard, I was safe from deployment. Wrong. Just before my son turned two, my unit was activated, and we left for Iraq.

We don’t talk about what is painful.

March 17, 2011 by  
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You see, I’m 62 year old woman and most people don’t think of me as having been a soldier.

Pep Talk From One Mom-Vet to Another

March 14, 2011 by  
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You have a combat action badge and know what it’s like to work under adverse conditions without sleep or personal hygiene as the modern world knows it. I have jumped out of airplanes and helicopters and rucked 100 miles in 4 days. We both have advanced degrees that required perseverance to acquire. Yet, motherhood is completely kicking our ass on a daily basis.

I was still a teenager the first time I came home from Iraq.

March 10, 2011 by  
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I’d been home for two or three weeks the first time I realized I wasn’t the same. When I heard my ex-boyfriend call my mom a bitch and I turned around and punched him . . . would I do it again? Probably. But I never would have before. I was so angry, all the time, and it didn’t matter if it was a big problem, or a little one.

Post-Military Education Anxiety

March 4, 2011 by  
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When I decided to leave the military and go back to school, I was absolutely paralyzed with fear. I would work out long, extensive budgets and convince myself I needed to stay in another 2 years, another 4 years, before I would be ok to leave.

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