A woman veteran with a remarkable life story reviews Soldier On
August 3, 2016
“SOLDIER ON: LIFE AFTER DEPLOYMENT shows the exact reason why “cookie – cutter solutions” will not work for female veterans. Just because a solution may have worked with male veterans, female veterans internalize their emotions and experiences differently,” wrote Kimberly Mitchell, Easterseals Dixon Center President and Co-founder.
Kim’s 17 years of service in the U.S. Navy included a commission as a Surface Warfare Officer, service aboard several surface Navy combatant warships, and multiple shore tours in Washington, D.C. Her last active duty assignment, which began in 2010, was Deputy Director for the Office of Warrior and Family Support in the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Kim’s remarkable life story began in Vietnam in 1972. A a South Vietnamese soldier carried the infant, whose mother had died, to an orphanage. On his perilous 60-mile journey to deliver the baby to safety, he named her “Precious Pearl.” Eventually, she was adopted by an American family from Wisconsin, where she was raised on a farm. Later, she graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and rose to become Lieutenant Commander before she helped found the Easterseals Dixon Center that provides resources and support to veterans and military families.
To read more of Mitchell’s life story and see photos of her 2013 reunion with the soldier who saved her life in Vietnam, please click here.
We are thrilled that SOLDIER ON resonates with Kim, based on her life experiences and her work on behalf of veterans!