Where did you serve and what did you do?
Lee Anna: I’ve served in Korea, Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Carson, Colorado, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Fort Detrick, Maryland, and Hawaii. I retired as a Human Resource Technician.
Carlo: Within my 27 years of service, I have served in numerous locations including Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Fort Hood, Texas, three combat tours in Iraq, one tour in Afghanistan and five tours in Korea.
How are you #StillServing?
Lee Anna: I am still serving by being an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. I am the current Commander of Benjamin O. Davis, VFW Post 9191 and the Texas State co-chair of the Student Veterans Initiative Program. In addition, I am the founder of Theta Psi Upsilon Sorority, Inc. and our motto is to “empower, encourage and support women without hindering their success.”
Carlo: I’m currently on active duty in the U.S. Army and deploying to Iraq on the 2nd of February. I also continue to serve by volunteering my time and money to help, aid and assist our Active Duty service members, retired veterans and homeless veterans within the central Texas community.
Why do you do it?
Lee Anna: Being in a military community, I have learned that there are several women that don’t like to identify as military or veterans. I serve in the VFW to let those who are still serving know that they are not alone, and it is possible for a woman — a woman of color to serve in a white male-dominated organization and have a voice. I created the non-collegiate sorority to allow women from all walks of life to come together and serve our community regardless of their education or military status. I want women to know there is such a thing as loyalty and commitment after the military. I want them to know I won’t leave them behind.
Carlo: I continue to serve this great nation because of the brave men and women to my left and right who are willing to give their lives in defense of our way of life.