Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Maude G. Hambright. Maude served from 1978 to 1993.
Maude joined the Army Reserve at the age of 30 and completed basic training at Fort McClellan, Alabama. She was also trained to be a typist. At first, she was a clerk typist then she later trained to work with medical records. Around 1980 she completed medic training, learning how take care of patients in the field.
In 1990, Maude was placed on active duty and sent to a military hospital in Los Angeles. At first, she was a training officer, where she would receive orders and arrange transportation for soldiers going overseas. Maude then moved to the medical records section where she processed soldiers coming back from the Gulf War. She noticed a pattern of unexplained illness among the soldiers, which would later be described as Gulf War Syndrome. Maude received a medical discharge in January 1993 due to a back injury after obtaining the rank of sergeant first class. She is also a member of Disabled American Veterans.
Thank you for your service, Maude!
More of her story can be found at http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.natlib.afc2001001.26547/
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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 by Kimber Garland: Kimber is a junior at Indiana University – Bloomington studying International Studies and Korean.