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Jahira Sepulveda - U.S. Army 2005-14

Sgt. Jahira Sepulveda served in the U.S. Army from 2005-2014.  Sgt. Sepulveda trained as a Water Purification Specialist but was retrained to be a Military Prison Guard while on deployment in Iraq. During her 9 years in the military she also worked with the Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and in recruitment.

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Carroll Oates - U.S. Army 1969-2007

Carroll Oates joined the Army in 1969 and retired as a Lt. Colonel in 2007. He was deployed to both England and Germany as part of the US Army Medical Command Depot Support Team. As a Reserve Major he was deployed to Honduras as Company Commander of the Medical Team for MedRets. Oates was called back to active duty in 1991 and deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm where he served as Executive Officer of two Field Medical Units. He was awarded a Bronze Star, a Meritorious Service Medal and 4 Army Commendation Medals. He is on the Board of the Indian River County Veterans's Council and 2nd Vice President of the Indian River County Military Officers Association.

This video was produced by The Rowlinson Media Group, VERO BEACH, FL.

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Patrick Willamson - U.S. Army 2002-08

Patrick Williamson joined the Indiana National Guard Sept. 2002 in his junior year at High School. Patrick was deployed to Iraq in 2005 with the 113th Combat Engineer Battalion of the Indiana National Guard. He left the Guard in 2008. He is currently involved with the Next Generation Group of Veterans in Indian River County and the Veterans Council of Indian River.

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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 
We first interviewed Melissa in 2014 and recently updated her interview via Skype

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