Soldier fights for her life to serve in the U.S. Army
Last updated 3/24/2021 at 10:47am
Editor's note: The following story is told from a Soldier's first-person account.
With her hands in the air - not daring to let them fall - Zahraa 'Katya' Frelund slowly walked the longest half-mile of her life, barefoot and exhausted, toward the just-rising sun and the guard tower at Baghdad's Victory Base Complex.
It was 2009, and Frelund, a 19-year-old runaway from her home in Babylon, Iraq, knew her life, her fate, rested in the hands of the American strangers on the other side of the heavily-guarded gate.
As a woman traveling alone, it was a miracle she'd even made it that far. She ha...