Judith served in the U.S. Army as a Specialist EF in the 702nd MSB (Mobile Support Battalion) 2nd Infantry Division, and drove a five-ton truck during her deployment in South Korea.
While serving in South Korea was a difficult time for her, she fondly remembers her role as a female truck driver and can now see it as a representation of her “balance of femininity and masculinity,” a balance she had struggled with while serving.
Later medically discharged due to PTSD, depression and cerebral pressure, Judith transitioned to the civilian world having to relearn how to be herself again, speak her truth, and be bold.
Growing up in the small town of Bend, Oregon, Judith and her sister were encouraged by their parents to be audacious and speak her mind. She attributes her “great childhood and supportive parents” as the foundation and seed for her bold character. The daughter and granddaughter of Veterans and a teenager wanting to get out of town, Judith enlisted in the Army.
“In the military, you think you would be bold, but really, you aren’t allowed to be,” she explains. “I learned to hide and subdue it.”
Judith pauses for a moment, taking in a deep breath.
It is clear some painful memories come to mind. She goes on to explain that she was assaulted three times throughout her service and that eventually, everything she did felt like a challenge, as if she was stuck.