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Donna Zephrine - U.S. Army 1996-2006

SPC. Donna Zephrine joined the U.S. Army Reserves in 1996 and became Full Active Duty in October 2002. Donna served with the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division (260 QM) and served 2 tours in Iraq from 2003-2005 as a 63 Bravo Light Weight Vehicle Mechanic.
Donna is active in many organizations including Wounded Warrior Project, World T.E.A.M Sports, Team Red White and Blue and Project 9 Line. She recently graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work and hoped to give back to help other Veterans or people who are in need.
In her spare time, Donna enjoys writing and has been published in multiple anthologies. These publications include Radvocate Literary Magazine, the “Afterwords” anthology, the “9 lives” New York University’s Veteran’s Writers Workshop anthology, Bards Annual 2017, The Local Gem Press, War Writer’s Campaign, Poets and Writers, Blogground, Oberon Magazine 2017 and CA/T Magazine of Columbia University.

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Melissa Stockwell - U.S. Army 2002-05

Melissa Stockwell joined the ROTC at the University of Colorado in her sophomore year and was a senior in college when the September 11, 2001 attack happened. She had Transportation Officer Basic Corps in Virginia before being assigned to the Paralympian division at Ft. Hood, Texas. She was deployed in March 2004 to Iraq.
A first lieutenant, she was the first female soldier to lose a limb in the Iraq War. She lost her left leg when a roadside bomb exploded when she was leading a convoy in Baghdad. For her service in Iraq she was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
Following her retirement from the military Melissa worked as a prosthetist, served on the board of directors of the Wounded Warrior Project from 2005–2014 , is a two-time Paralympian, mother of two and is the co-founder of dare2tri.org 
We first interviewed Melissa in 2014 and recently updated her interview via Skype

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