2015 Tillman Scholar
Growing up in an Army family, Jackie learned that service to others is a way of life. She completed her first combat deployment to Iraq serving as a supply officer responsible for managing the provision of more than one million meals and supplies to troops in southern Iraq. Jackie also deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 as a Cultural Support Team leader where she worked with Special Forces to engage the female population in support of village stability and development missions.
However, it was Jackie’s service as an executive officer at the Warrior Transition Brigade at Walter Reed Army Medical Center where she discovered her next mission: nursing. Through her experiences working with Wounded Warriors, Jackie realized her true interest and passion for service rests in the healthcare field. She feels called to become a family nurse practitioner with a special focus on mental health. After completing her degree, she plans to work in military and veteran communities in order to continue serving those who sacrifice their physical and mental health on behalf of our nation. Due to her experiences—as an “Army brat”, veteran, and also a military spouse—she knows she can provide the kind of empathetic healthcare management that would best serve this unique population.