- Posted May 19, 2014 by
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I met a President
Soldier Meets President
Specialist Maria Espinosa of the United States Army never could imagine the vast opportunities her service would have granted her. Espinosa is from the small town of Marfa, Texas. Marfa is so remote that the nearest Walmart is an hour and half away.
Espinosa entered into the military in 2005. She went to boot camp and advanced individual training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. She was assigned afterwards to Fort Lewis, Washington. Espinosa has also served at Fort Hood, Texas and Fort Polk, Louisiana.
In 2006 she was deployed to Camp Liberty, Iraq where she served as a Postal Operations Clerk for one year. She came home and was deployed again in 2009. It was during her second tour that gave her the opportunity of a lifetime.
President Barak Obama visited Camp Liberty in 2009 where he pledged to the troops he would be sending them home. Espinosa had a chance to meet the president during his visit. "It was exciting to meet our commander in chief. I felt it was an unique opportunity that not many people get. I told him it was nice to meet him and that he had my vote. He thanked me and told me that he appreciated me," Espinosa said.