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I Tried to Change the World Part One (Jessa's Story)
By Michelle R Kidwell Power In The Pen
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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I knew that eventually my tour of duty would take me to Afghanistan where I would likely be met with opposition. American soldiers were not always respected, although we were trying to help some did not see it that way. We were murders in their eyes, but I did not know how far this hatred ran, until I got there. In so many ways the oppression was real, women were mere property. Women soldiers were looked at like Satan themselves.


I went to fight, because I thought I could change the world.

Perhaps I was young and naive and did not think about the consequences, but I was going to fight. 

My family wondered what made me want to do this.  I was a young woman who seemingly had everything going for her, but that was exactly why I had to enlist.  I had everything I needed so many did not. 

I knew that eventually my tour of duty would take me to Afghanistan where I would likely be met with opposition.  American soldiers were not always respected, although we were trying to help some did not see it that way.  We were murders in their eyes, but I did not know how far this hatred ran, until I got there.  In so many ways the oppression was real, women were mere property.  Women soldiers were looked at like Satan themselves.

I was an enemy in their eyes, and one day while on duty I found out just what an enemy.  I was ambushed and targeted, the only woman in my division, I was shot.  My crime, being a women in uniform.  I thought for sure I was dead, and I was left to die, until some of the men in my unit, found me shot, paralyzed, certain I was half dead.  I was shipped out after I was stabalized and transferred to a hospital in Germany until I was stable enough to go to Walter Reed, where I was cared for, for months.

Coming to terms with the fact that I could no longer walk was hard, but no harder than coming to terms with the fact that I was targetted by men who thought so little of women that they felt they had every right to just kill them.  I was a woman, and I was a Christian so I was an enemy in their eyes.

To Be Continued

 

 


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Reviewed by John Domino 6/19/2012
Dear Jessa,

You are smiling in the photo. You came out of this a victor!

No one can take away your hopes, dreams and your vision for your future.

You are a profound inspiration to me and many others. You can move mountains with your testimony.

You are also a Christian so you KNOW where you are going. We must pray for our adversaries. No matter what they do, without Jesus they will never win!

God Bless You!

John Michael Domino
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/19/2012
Our soldiers and our Veterans deserve far better! Shame on U.S. for not giving them the care/respect they deserve! Sobering story, but one that screams to be heard; well done, Michelle! Looking forward to part two of "Jessa's Story"!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Texas, Karen Lynn. :(


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