Laura Colbert was heartland-bred and tough enough when the Army sent her to Baghdad, but she quickly discovered soldiering in Iraq involved a lot more than she expected. As a daughter of a Vietnam War Military Police officer and a sister to an Army Infantry Medic, Laura joined the Army National Guard as a Military Police officer in 2001 during her freshman year of college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received her Honorable Discharge in 2009. She served 16 months on active duty, spending over a year in Baghdad, Iraq. Laura managed it and survived, but the learning curve just bent in another direction when she came home from war suffering with stress and anxiety that eventually bloomed into Post-Traumatic Stress. Meet Laura and hear her story, which she captures in her book Sirens: How to Pee Standing Up-An Alarming Memoir of Combat and Coming Back Home.
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