The 25th Woman Soldier was killed in Afghanistan on August 24th. The Challenges Women Vets Face in Life After War…

by | Aug 28, 2012

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — The U.S. Army says a soldier based at Fort Campbell, Ky., has been killed in Afghanistan.
The Army says 20-year-old Pfc. Patricia L. Horne of Greenwood, Miss., died Aug. 24 in Bagram, Afghanistan. She was assigned to the 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

                                    Rest in Peace….we will never forget you.

Read more here:
Pfc. Patricia L. Horne of Greenwood is the 25th women to be killed in action in AFGHANISTAN
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: I’ll go to my – do my grocery shopping at, you know, 2:00 in the morning because there’s nobody there.
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: Every backfiring car puts you back there.
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #3: Everybody else knew what was wrong with me or knew that something was wrong with me. I’m the only one that didn’t think so.
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #4: If someone asked me how my military service was, I’d say it was great.
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #5: I refused to admit that maybe I was lost.

My posting a few days ago discussed the minimal reporting of women who serve in combat.   It is the same for women as men, and if we look a second time we find that female soldiers get killed in battle too.    Patricia L. Horne, a 20-year-old Pfc. of Greenwood, Miss. is a more recent example.  Countless other women combat veterans return home to life after war with the same challenges of men, but may not be as visible nor heard from as much.  They often go unnoticed and definitely shy away from the spotlight even more so than men.  Women are challenged just as much as men while readjusting to civilian life following deployment.  Take a look at the above links on this posting to learn more about resources for the women who serve bravely and a new documentary, “Service: When Women Come Marching Home.”

Steve Sparks
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story


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Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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