Purple Heart Women Warriors, Part 2 on VBC Happy Hour
In honor of Women’s History Month, we continue our talk with nine post-9/11 veterans–all women–who served in combat and received Purple Hearts for their wounds.
These nine women are profiled in a new book, Out of the Shadows: Voices of American Women Soldiers, written by Vietnam Marine veteran Ron Farina. Ron will also join us to talk about the the unique lives of these women who served side by side with their male counterparts in war-torn Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Ron Farina’s book engagingly captures the narrative of modern American soldiers who served and sacrificed in battle. At times uplifting, and at times heartbreaking, these are real stories of women warriors that must not be ignored. Their experiences and struggles should be a reminder that our country has an obligation to fulfill its promise to honor and support our post-9/11 generation of veterans.” – Lt. Col. Amy McGrath, USMC (ret.)
Listen to these veterans describe their service, struggles, and sacrifices, which are now woven into our nation’s fabric. These Purple Heart Warriors are: LTC Vivian Cochran, US Army, Iraq and Afghanistan Connie Johnson, US Army, Iraq SFC Tara Hutchinson, US Army, Iraq SFC Elana Duffy, US Army, Iraq and Afghanistan Jennifer Hunt, US Army, Iraq and Afghanistan Mary Jesse Herrera, US Army, Iraq Marlene Rodriguez, US Army, Iraq Kendra Garza, US Army, Afghanistan Maggie Bilyeau, US Army, Afghanistan