What does it mean to be a female soldier? Cathy Dobie, a The Oprah Magazine reporter, recently wrote an article titled: The long road home: Women in war. Her story begins with Victoria Olmo, a 35 year old army specialist who just got back from Iraq. Ms. Dobie investigates the mental and physical struggles veterans face.
According to Dobie: “Victoria Olmo went to war to serve her country and make her family proud. She came home with a torn-up leg and constant pain, her will and confidence shattered. With combat operations officially over in Iraq, one soldier’s story reveals the huge job of healing that still lies ahead.”
The trauma of the soldier experience used to be solely for males only. However 247,000 female troops have served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. 600 women have been wounded in combat, 120 killed, and tens of thousand suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Victoria Olmo suffers from PSD, and sleeps with a nine-millimeter pistol under her pillow. She will never be the same person before Iraq. As a result, Victoria Olmo tries every day to survive mentally and physically.