USAF SSgt Alicia Watkins Talks About the Needs of Returning Soldiers! Womens Conference 2010
It’s Veteran’s Day today and this is the perfect day for this post. This is the last post regarding the Women’s Conference 2010. A blissful and fun journey, there was a lot to learn, see, hear, and feel touched by– both in topics and people. I went by the VIP Armani tent (thank you to Armani Beauty for making yourselves available to me) and was talking to Creative Director Tim Quinn when he said he had to introduce me to someone. That someone was USAF Staff Sergeant Alicia Watkins- and he said she has a really interesting story. SSgt Watkins handed me some information about her story and I read merely the headline and I knew I had to give voice to her story. So within minutes (literally less than 5), we were taping this video.
SSgt Alicia Watkins did 2 tours of duty in the war zone: Iraq and Afghanistan. Her video tells it all but what’s more important is that she had to endure so much to get back on her feet upon returning from her tours of duty. This is a common situation for the military and it’s worse for those who are National Guard and are deployed. No matter your feeling about the military and the US participation in these overseas interventions, those who serve deserve our respect for putting their lives on the line for others that aren’t even their countrymen, often hostile and for this country as well. It’s important to be aware that when you serve, you don’t get to “opt out” because of political persuasion. When you serve, you go where you are told; do what you must do and survive to the best of your ability.
Thank you to SSgt Alicia Watkins for her time and her amazing story. I don’t often get to interview heroes and she is one for 1) serving her country in the military and 2) stepping up to the plate to make these problems that veterans face known.
I hope you will show your support for the miltary who serve our country (*regardless of how you feel about the wars going on) and tell your local, state and national representatives that the government has to make more treatment and assistance available for all who are deployed!
If you want more information on SSgt Alicia Watkins, you can find her at these two locations:
Stevie Wilson, LA-Story.com
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