Recently I was invited by AW2 Soldier SFC Juanita Wilson to Capitol Hill. SFC Wilson was being honored there at the Joint Service Women’s History Month Observance. I was flattered that she invited me to witness such an amazing moment in her life.
Senator Barbara Boxer of California presented SFC Wilson with the Senate Resolution on behalf of the accomplishments, contributions, and sacrifices of each woman who has served in the U.S. Military. SFC Wilson lost her left arm in 2004 after an improvised explosive device (IED) hit her convoy in Iraq.
During the event, she said, “I wouldn’t have thought that six years down the road, someone would be thinking about me,” expressing her surprise of being asked to accept the Resolution.
She spoke of Family, medical care, and the Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) as supporting factors in her life. After the event, we discussed her future plans for the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course in Fort Lee, VA.
I am humbled by her enthusiasm for the Army and continuing to serve. Thank you SFC Wilson for inviting me to travel on this prestigious journey with you.