2021 Tillman Scholar

Andrea Filozof

University of North Carolina

“Some of the darkest moments we experience drive us to demand change. After facing pregnancy loss, I entered medicine to help prevent other families from experiencing this tragedy whenever possible.”

Andrea first entered the Army in 2010 after graduating from the United States Military Academy. Shortly after completing training as a military intelligence officer, she heard about a call for female service members to accompany all-male units in Afghanistan as part of the Cultural Support Team (CST) program. She immediately applied to join the program and was among the first group of volunteers selected to deploy with the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Command.

Andrea deployed twice to Afghanistan as a CST and also served as cadre to help shape the program’s training pipeline in between her deployments. Following her time as a CST, Andrea joined the Civil Affairs Regiment. While serving as a CA officer, she and her husband suffered the unexpected loss of their first child. The lack of knowledge and support surrounding pregnancy loss compelled her to take action to change the status quo. She transitioned to the Army Reserve, completed her medical school prerequisites, and teamed up with Star Legacy Foundation to start a local chapter that provided hospitals and families with free resources to cope with the aftermath of pregnancy loss.

As a University of North Carolina medical student and future physician, Andrea aspires to reduce the social stigma around openly discussing pregnancy loss and ultimately hopes to prevent this tragedy from occurring as much as possible.