Friday, November 11, 2016

Army Medic Veteran Looks Back on Three Tours of Duty

Veteran Sgt. Smith reflects on her 3 tours in Iraq
The Collegian
By Julia Hood
Nov 11, 2016
“I think the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do was call my mom a week after I came back from war to tell her I was going back again in four months,” Smith said. “That was a conversation I wasn’t looking forward to.”
Retired Sgt. Jennifer Smith treats an American casualty of war suffering from a gun shot wound during her second deployment in November 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq.   (Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Smith)
Veterans Day for retired Sgt. Jennifer Smith is not just any day, but one where she can look back on the 13.5 years she spent serving as a medic in the Army and also remember her time spent on the frontlines in Iraq.

“I think that what defines me as a veteran is the fact that I stood up and said, ‘I’m gonna serve my country,'” Smith said.

“People just aren’t exposed to it so they’re not sure of all what a veteran is, so it’s nice to see the diversity, especially being a female that was in the military and coming back as a student,” she said.
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