Amanda Runyon grew up in Spring Hill, Florida, where she still lives today. She learned the value of community service early on by volunteering at local health clinics with her aunt. Raised in a family with a proud military tradition, Amanda enlisted in the Navy at 17 years of age, becoming the first woman in her family to serve.
Amanda spent nine years on active duty as a Hospital Corpsman, providing preventive and emergency medical care to Sailors and Marines. She was assigned to work overseas in intensive care, treating American service men and women suffering from combat injuries sustained in Iraq and Afghanistan. Knowing that she was helping save the lives of those on the front lines remains one of her proudest moments. Amanda went on to earn the Fleet Marine Force Badge, among numerous other commendations for her exemplary service.
Today, Amanda serves her community by working as a Registered Nurse at the same middle school and high school she attended in her youth. She loves working closely with the students, volunteering her time to activities at nearby schools and elsewhere in the community. "I can show them that anything is possible if they believe in themselves," Amanda says. "I can show them that you can better yourself and your situation."
Amanda's charity is her local post of Veterans of Foreign Wars, #8681. Visit http://www.vfw.org to learn more about their important work on behalf of America's veterans.