Content Warning: Suicide
What defines a person’s character? One metric that never fails is one’s response to chaos and fear. One example of chaos and fear we can all call upon, for example, is the attacks on 9/11. While sorrow and panic prevailed for many, some were instead filled with a burning passion to act. Our recipient Heather is one such person.
On September 11, 2001, high school aged Heather decided that she would follow in her older brother’s footsteps and join the Army. As a female, she was not allowed to be a Ranger like her brother, so she joined the only military occupational specialty (MOS) within the Special Operations community open to women at the time: Psychological Operations. And she absolutely thrived. Heather soon became Airborne, learned to speak Arabic, and absolutely loved and excelled at her job.