One Woman's Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front
On Sale: March 7, 2017
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On June 29, 2009, Air National Guard major Mary Jennings
“MJ” Hegar was shot down while on a Medevac mission on her
third tour in Afghanistan. Despite being wounded, she fought
the enemy and saved the lives of her crew and their
patients. But soon she would face a new battle: to give
women who serve on the front lines the credit they deserve...
After being commissioned into the U.S. Air Force, MJ Hegar
was selected for pilot training by the Air National Guard,
finished at the top of her class, then served three tours in
Afghanistan, flying combat search-and-rescue missions,
culminating in a harrowing rescue attempt that would earn MJ
the Purple Heart as well as the Distinguished Flying Cross
with Valor Device.
But it was on American soil that Hegar would embark on her
greatest challenge—to eliminate the military’s Ground Combat
Exclusion Policy, which kept female armed service members
from officially serving in combat roles despite their
long-standing record of doing so with honor.
In Shoot Like a Girl, MJ takes the reader on a dramatic
journey through her military career: an inspiring, humorous,
and thrilling true story of a brave, high-spirited, and
unforgettable woman who has spent much of her life ready to
sacrifice everything for her country, her fellow man, and
her sense of justice.
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