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    Posted November 9, 2012 by
    Arlington Heights, Illinois
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    Veterans in focus

    Paying It Forward – Serving Women Who Serve

    Kari Granger is a true American hero. After growing up in rural northern Colorado, she attended and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy as a Distinguished Graduate, then served as an Air Force Officer for over 8 years on active duty followed by another 2 years in the Air Force Reserve. She led troops in combat during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, led logistical operations for hurricane evacuation missions along the U.S. gulf and east coasts, and served as an Assistant Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy teaching leadership to our nation’s next generation of leaders.

    But Kari’s service to our nation extends well beyond the uniform. Since leaving active duty, she has committed herself to supporting our nation’s service members, and their families, as they face the unprecedented challenges of today’s military – frequent deployments, the cumulative stress of combat and time away from home, and the challenge of reintegrating into their communities and families when they return home. And nowhere is her commitment more on display than when it comes to her fellow women veterans.

    Together with her colleagues at Sunergos, Kari’s passion to make a difference resulted in the development of “Leading with Resiliency and Grace: A Program for Women Who Serve”. Kari built this leadership development program to specifically take aim at the unique and frequently overlooked challenges women veterans and military wives face. The program provides them access to leading a life with a future that inspires them, their families, and their communities. In just one year, Kari’s commitment has reached over 100 women veterans and military wives and has captured the attention of leaders within various offices of the U.S. government with demand for her course already extending well into 2013.

    Her commitment and selflessness is truly an inspiration and represents the best of what it is to be an American – seeing a challenge and tackling it head-on, not out of a search for personal glory or credit, but solely because as a nation we are in this together and to create a better nation and world all that is needed is the focused action of just one person.

    Thank you Kari for your tireless dedication and commitment to our nation and your enduring service to our women veterans! Your character truly represents America at her finest!
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