There is a particular group of soldiers and veterans who largely go unrecognized and under-appreciated. That would be our women in uniform. To change that, I’ve decided to do a “Ladies of Liberty” series, in which I ask many of our heroines who have served, or who are still serving questions about their service.
Our debut Lady of Liberty is Mrs Christine Fortenberry from Hamden, Connecticut. Christine is a 38 year old mother of two, and she works part time from home. In the Army, she was a 91Bravo Army Combat Medic stationed at Ft. Wainwright, Alaska. She was part of the 706 Combat Support Hospital, Trauma Treatment squad, Jump Team, 6th Infantry Division. Christine says that in the future, she hopes that she can open a Veteran’s center to care for and respect our Veterans in the areas that are so critical and important yet obviously not being addressed enough in regard to our soldier/veteran suicide epidemic.
I asked Christine a series of questions about her time as a soldier in the U.S. Army, and you can read what she had to say in return.
KL- When and why did you join the military, and was there any particular reason you chose your specific branch?
CF- I tried to join the Military on the same day I obtained my driver’s license at the age of 16. I drove myself right to the recruiter’s office and stated that I was ready to join! I was very disappointed when I was told to finish high school and wait until I was 18 years old. I had wanted to join since the age of 10. One evening at my Aunt’s house, we were flipping through the TV channels, and I caught part of the movie Hamburger Hill. I have never been exposed fully to the Vietnam War or any war in such detail….
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