As an active duty Army officer and Reservist, I have dedicated my life to serve my country and fellow Americans. During my 19 years as a soldier, I have endured periodic assignments that called me away from my family, my job and my home. When I returned home, I faced the adjustment of getting my life back to normal. Because my husband also served in the military, I kept the home fires burning when he was deployed in Iraq. My recent assignment as an Army Inspector General gave me the opportunity to assist and support our men and women who volunteered their lives for the preservation of our country and freedoms. Many of them experienced dangerous deployments overseas, completed their duty with honor and then returned home. However, they faced obstacles in returning to work, to family life, and in obtaining the benefits they were promised. Having served a tour of duty in Iraq, I fully understand these challenges. As your State Representative I fight to ensure your State government does everything it can to re-integrate these Heroes back into Kansas, into their family life, and into the Kansas economy.