SARA RICH: Suzanne was 18 and graduated from high school. And then, she went and worked at Safeway.
So she was working at Safeway. And she was bored. She was bored. She didn’t know what to do. And a telephone call came to our home, and it was a military recruiter. And he invited her out to lunch, and the courtship began from there.
He started taking her out to lunch weekly and calling all the time, checking in with her and started to woo her, in a way, to get her to join the military. He promised her travel and promised her college training, things that, you know, she really wanted to do.
She wanted to get out of Eugene and start exploring her life. And he said that if she wanted to be a military police officer, she wouldn’t be deployed to Iraq. But in order for her to be a military police officer, she would have to sign up for five years, instead of four.
So, she took the bait, and she joined. And first thing they told her — can I cuss? No, I better not. Okay, first thing they said to her when she got off the bus at basic training was that all of them had been lied to, and all of them were going to Iraq, and all of them were going to die. It’s the first thing they said to her when she got off the bus at Fort Leonard Wood, which is where she did her basic training. She did her basic training. And then, when she was done with basic training, she was told she was going immediately to Iraq.
And she went up to Fort Lewis, where she joined the 66th MP Company. She — during the month between — she had a month between basic training and the deployment. She was coming home frequently. And one of her sergeants kept calling her just to kind of keep track of her, keep tabs on her.
And I thought, Wow, this guy really cares about her; he’s going to make sure she’s safe. I felt like, you know, it was kind of like this big brother thing, where they were really going to watch out for my girl.
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