These 4 Veterans Faced Their Injuries Together. Now They're Taking on a New Challenge.
Sometimes sisterhood can be found in the most unexpected places.
About ten years ago, Iraq war veteran Melissa Stockwell was out on a routine patrol with her unit when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb. The then 24-year-old lost her left leg in the incident, making her the first female soldier to lose a limb in Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to The Wounded Warrior Project.
She was taken to The Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., now closed, where she recovered from her injury alongside three other female veterans who also lost limbs.
Now, all four women have either become or will become mothers this year.
Recovering alongside Stockwell, who has since become a three-time paratriathlon world champion and 2008 paralympian, were Dawn Halfaker and Danielle Green-Byrd. Both lost arms while serving their country, according to The Chicago Tribune. The fourth addition to their recovery club was Tammy Duckworth, now an Illinois congresswoman, who timed her announcement with the airing of a segment on “Today,” where three of the four women shared their story (video below).
Duckworth’s girl is due in December right after Stockwell’s boy in Novemeber. Halfaker son, Raice, is 4 months old and Green-Byrd’s daughter, Daniel, is less than 2 weeks old, according to “Today.”
“These women were there for me as the band of sisters when… I went through the greatest pain, the greatest trauma in my life,” Ducksworth says in the video below. “And now we get to be together for the time of greatest joy.”
Watch their “Today” segment below: