Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Susan Anita Green. Susan served during the Persian Gulf War.
Susan joined the ROTC program at Virginia State University because she felt a duty to serve her country. In September1990, Susan went to Saudi Arabia as a medical platoon officer.
In an interview with the Veterans History Project, Susan recalled the stresses of serving in a war zone. “Especially during the sirens,” she said. “Sirens would go off and we had to gather our equipment, all our equipment, our weapons and get into a bunker until the commander gave us the okay to come out…the siren was for possible chemical attack[s]. So, therefore, you were always under stress because you just never knew.”
After completing her service, Susan went back to school and now works for the United States Postal Service as a career mail handler.
“I think that if I had not have joined, then I wouldn’t be where I am today,” Susan said of her time in the service. “It has allowed me to have a good career job with the federal government and to support my family and I’m grateful for that overall. Even though I went through some challenging times…I don’t regret it at all because it allowed me to be where I am today.”
Thank you for your service, Susan!
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Veterans History Project
This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.
Graphic created by Carl J. Valentino: Carl J. Valentino is a student at the University of Delaware with a Major in International Business and a Minor in Graphic Design.