What is your definition of the word “hero”?Is it someone who possesses superhuman abilities like the ones that we see in movies? Actually, no such individual exists. But that doesn’t necessarily mean there are no heroes among us.
Heroes are everywhere, especially during this pandemic.
There are our front liners, most particularly to our health workers who are tirelessly serving the public.
There are also medical volunteers and employees working for business establishments that offer the everyday necessities of people.
We call them the modern-day heroes and I am certain everyone would agree to that, wouldn’t you?
Monica Lin Brown
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Born on May 24, 1988, in Lake Jackson, Texas, Monica loves being outdoors and do lively activities like camping, swimming, and running. She has an older brother named Justin who really wanted to join the Army back then.
When she graduated from high school in 2005, Monica accompanied her brother to a US Army recruiting station. According to her, a recruiter started talking to her while Justin was being interviewed.
Little did she know, that’s going to be the start of her wonderful journey.
She eventually joined the US Army at the age of 17.
Her mother was a nurse but Monica had a huge dislike for anything associated with blood. It’s indeed funny because she, later on, decided to join the Army Health Care Specialist program.
She had her training at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. Brown was then assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division and had additional training. Her skills were sharpened by strenuous activities like running 12 miles a week and jumping out of a flying military aircraft.
In 2007, Brown was deployed to Afghanistan.
Together with her 82nd Airborne unit, they braved through the waves of threat from the Taliban forces.
One day, when they’re heading back to the military base after a patrol. Monica, the platoon medic, was on the third Humvee of a five-vehicle convoy. Unfortunately, one of their military trucks carrying five soldiers stumbled upon a pressure plate mine.
The vehicle rolled over and burst into flames.
The explosion ended up injuring all men inside the Humvee. They immediately jumped off to rescue their comrades all the while receiving heavy gun fires from insurgents.
She realized her skills were being put to a test – a life and death situation at that. Brown knew they needed to act really fast and that every tick of the clock was very important.
She’s their only hope and her medical specialties were badly needed.
They braved the barrage of gunfires, luckily, they’re able to reach their wounded men. All five men were injured from the burning truck and two of them were badly hurt.
Brown started to attend to their wounds and all the while she’s doing it, their team was receiving heavy gunfires. Fulfilling her sworn duty, she put her comrade’s safety first before hers.
She even used her own body to cover her already injured comrades.
Calling Brown brave is actually an understatement. She’s a true example of a real soldier.
Soon, they were able to suppress the attack from their enemies and the wounded men were evacuated to a safe place. It was a hard-fought battle but their brave hearts prevailed above all.
Because of her bravery, Brown received the Silver Medal.
She is the second woman to be only awarded such an award since World War II.
Brown’s and many others’ stories of bravery only prove that heroes have existed long before the pandemic started.
It also shows the great contribution of women in a field believed to be ruled by men.
Women are powerful too and sometimes, they’re even braver than men.
Watch Brown’s story of heroism in the video below!
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