Q: When were you in the Marines?
A: I was on active duty from 1986 to 1989
or 1990. Then I was on inactive reserves
until I got recalled when we had the
Persian Gulf War.
Q: Wasn’t that shortly after the Marines
first accepted women?
A: I don’t know the answer to that, but I
can tell you the ratio of women to men in
the Marine Corps was pretty astonishing
back in 1986. The guys didn’t like that
women were in the Marine Corps and they
didn’t have any qualms about telling you.
But being in the Marine Corps served me
well. You don’t have the luxury to buck
the system, so you have to learn to adapt;
there is no other option.
Q: Any bad incidents?
A: Oh yeah. But the things that are painful
to you at the time they are happening
are the things that cause you to: a) build
character, and b) grow up.
This is kind of a lame example, but it’s a
good example. I was in the Marine Corps and
I was dating somebody that my First Sergeant
didn’t think I should be dating. So he ordered
me to not date him. I think, in his weird little
head, he thought he was doing me a favor.
He told me that he would write me up if I was
found to be dating him. He made my life hell.
Q: Wow. That’s about the last thing I
thought you were going to say.
A: Well, there’s the typical things you would
presume I would say, and all of those things
happened, too. But I think—and this is going
to sound even more awful—those are the
things you expect when you sign up. You
know you’re going into an environment
where there’s a very disproportionate male/
female ratio. You know that everyone isn’t
going to respect your presence there. I don’t
know [if I] appreciated the degree to which
there would be such hostility about women in
the military. But I don’t let people offend me
too easily. I stand up for myself really well.
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: Long Beach.
Q: What did your parents do?
A: My dad was a fireman and my mom was
Q: What’s Long Beach like?
A: There’s some really nice parts of Long
Beach and some ghetto parts of Long
Beach. I grew up in the ghetto part of
Long Beach. I went to some pretty rough
schools—again, character-building. I only
lived at home until I was 14; I was legally
emancipated when I was 16. At one point,
I was homeless. I’ve now started this
nonprofit, Operation Helping Hands, where
we give backpacks to homeless people
with hygiene items in them.
Q: Were you still going to school when
you were homeless?
A: I was for a period of time. But
eventually my mom filed a report that
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