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.Read More
Douglas Weinert served in the U.S. Army Infantry from 2006-2014 with the 10th Mountain Division 2nd Battalion 22nd Infantry Regiment and was stationed in both Iraq and Afghanistan as well as serving with the Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery.Read More
Nicole Cannon joined the U.S. Army Reserves when she was only 17 and still in High School. Nicole served as a Financial Management Tech and was deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan.Read More
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.
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
Staff Sgt. Heath Calhoun served in the US Army from 1999-04. Heath is double-leg amputee due to injuries received in the Iraq War.Read More
Dan Kelly grew up in Southampton, NY and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1999. After the attacks of September 11th Dan was deployed in support of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.Read More