"The Hardest Part Is Losing Friends:" 10 Women Veterans Share Their Stories

In honor of Veteran's Day, we'd like to introduce you to ten totally amazing and inspiring women.
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Meet Heather Beaven

Heather Beaven

“Tonight in some desert somewhere, someone’s child will be killed because we sent him or her to defend us.”

Heather Beaven, 43, a married mom of two daughters (ages 6 and 8), served as a cryptologist for four years, and was an active reservist for eight.

Hometown: Palm Coast, Florida

Where did you serve? Ft. Devens, Massachusetts  and Coronado, California

Why did you decide to join? To serve my country, to mature, to pay for college, to be a part of something important and to give weight to my resume…and so much more.

What’s the hardest part? Boot camp. After that it’s the best career choice a young woman can make.

What do you love most about it? The accountability, the responsibility, the camaraderie and the importance of the mission.

How does your family feel about it? My husband is an Army Reservist so our daughters know that serving our country is important.

What’s it like being a female service member? Is it hard? Being in the military isn’t harder than any other highly skilled civilian job. People respond well when you learn your job, do your job and support them as they do their job. The only difference for me was I knew what I was wearing in the morning!

What are some things you take with you, or do, to feel “at home” when you’re so far away from home? Pictures and a dog.

Your biggest fear? No time for fear.

What do you want most out of life? Peace.

What’s something you wish all Americans knew about our troops? When we – as a country – break a warrior, it is our sacred duty to put him or her back together physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Anything else you want to share with our readers: Tonight in some desert somewhere, someone’s child will be killed because we sent him or her to defend us. The only way we can honor them is to be their voice at the ballot box. Vote. And vote for people who will honor our troops and our vets in their deeds not just their words.

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