Unsung Heros

Freedom is not Free

The Freedom is not Free Educational lesson/theme examines women in service and as Wounded Warriors. This theme explores the continuing integration and acceptance of women in the military, the extensive service and sacrifice of women, and the impact of women as Wounded Warriors. Tammy Duckworth will share the details of the day her Blackhawk was shot down over Iraq. The college curriculum associated with this theme will introduce academic tools and readings that will offer more detail with reference to the dependency (spouse and children) and pregnancy debates of the 1960s through the 1990s, the continued debates about women and the draft versus the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) campaign during the 1970s and early 1980s, and the impact of the Gulf War on women in the military. This theme is a natural evolution of the “Called to Duty” theme.

Vernice Armour, Former Captain, U.S. Marine Corps
Marine Captain Vernice Armour became the first black female combat helicopter pilot. She served two tours piloting an AH-1W Super Cobra in Iraq. The decorated veteran now works as a motivational speaker, consultant and coach.
Tammy Duckworth, Congresswomen, Illinois 8th District, Lt. Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve
Congresswomen Tammy Duckworth of Illinois is a helicopter pilot veteran of the War on Terror. She was seriously wounded when her aircraft was shot down over Iraq. She still serves in the National Guard and is a Wounded Warrior.
Rhonda Cornum, Ph.D., M.D., Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Ret)
Brigadier General Rhonda Cornum, Ph.D, MD, served as a flight surgeon during the Persian Gulf War. While performing a search and rescue mission her Blackhawk helicopter was downed by enemy fire and Iraqi forces captured her.
Latianna Wilson, Former Sergeant, U.S. Army
Sergeant Latianna Wilson is a Wounded Warrior who served two tours of duty in Iraq. She is a tireless and outspoken advocate for the rights of wounded veterans and those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD).
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