Borne the Battle #231: Army Veteran Dawn Halfaker, Combat Wounded Amputee, CEO of Halfaker and Associates
Army Veteran Dawn Halfaker never expected she would be be in the military. She was a guard on her high school basketball team when the NCAA sponsored her trip to visit West Point, one of the schools recruiting her. Hesitant but with nothing to lose, she accepted the trip. She soon fell in love with the school and her thereby set the course of her future career.
Halfaker graduated from West Point in 2001, and since then, she has gone on to accomplish many great things. In this episode of Borne the Battle, she spoke on a few of her many accomplishments:
Overcoming adversity despite suffering a permanent injury while serving in Iraq
Serving as a military liaison to the House Armed Services Committee
Working for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency at a time when the agency developed groundbreaking new technologies
Bringing an important woman’s perspective to the Wounded Warrior Project as its board’s chairwoman
Being part of a VA committee that fundamentally reshaped how VA provides care for its wounded Veterans
One of the most notable achievements Halfaker discussed was how she built up her own business and turned it into one that now has over 600 employees. She had no experience running a business before, facing a difficult journey. However, she met like-minded people similarly committed toward creating innovative solutions to modernize the government and went from there.
With a life full of civic, business and personal accomplishments, Halfaker is a champion of change. In 2014, VA recognized her as a Woman Veteran of Change.
Each month, VA’s Center for Women Veterans profiles a different woman Veteran author as part of its Women Veteran Authors Book Corner. This month’s author is Air Force Veteran Amanda Huffman, who served from 2007-2013.