Bethany Linton U.S. Army
Having two siblings as military soldiers and seeing their progress, it encouraged me to also enlist. I always loved and appreciated my country and had an insatiable desire to further my education. After extensive research and consideration, I knew the Army was my best choice for a career and to finish school.
Upon enlistment, I was fortunate to have an exciting MOS working with computers that was equivalent to a four-year degree. After being stationed in Fort Drum, New York for less than 1 year, I was deployed to Afghanistan during a turbulent time. My job specifically entailed, in times of emergency, shutting down computers and the gathering of all cables even on roof tops. Hurriedly, in a time of blackout, I slipped off a roof and sustained a head and back injury. Even though, I constantly experience physical challenges because of my time in the military I have no regrets. Some of the scarring is seen and unseen but I continue to push forward.
I am now a single mother of a very beautiful active, opinionated and smart nine-year-old daughter who is the joy of my life and my prime focus.
Because of my military experiences, the love of God and support of my family; I’ve learned and thrive on “not giving up.” I’ve embraced and succeeded through every challenge that has unexpectedly filtered through my life. I owe my stamina and “never quit” attitude to many of my Army life experiences. I can, without a shadow of a doubt, shout kudos and Huah! I’ve become a better mother and citizen due to a quality decision I made almost ten years ago!