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"The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude."
VETERAN OF THE MONTH
SGT. Jeannette Winters
Marine Sgt Winters was assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352 (VMGR-352), the "Raiders," Combined Task Force 58, Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, California. Winters was killed in the crash of a KC-130 fueling plane. The plane was later found to be flying too low at night without night vision equipment. She is the first female member of the U.S. military to be killed in combat since the 1991 Gulf War. Jeannette joined the Marines in June 1997 because she wanted to do something different. She always wanted to go into the service and would always push to be better. If she was at 100 percent, she thought she could be 200. Her job in the Marines was as a radio operator (satellite communication technician) and she loved it; she was so proud to get into the Marine Corps. She knew she wouldn't be home for Christmas because she had gotten orders to go to Afghanistan so before going overseas she assembled a package of Christmas gifts for her family. Jeannette got a coat, gloves and a hat for a 2-year-old niece she had never met and a guitar for her father, once a professional musician. He will never play duets with his daughter, but he finds some comfort in the knowledge that she loved what she was doing. She served her country.
Nominated by Nick Justiniano