Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
Bachelor’s Degree in Recreational Administration at Texas State University
Marlene also kept new goals in sight. She completed her associate’s degree from Northwest Vista College and is now working towards a bachelor’s degree in recreational administration at Texas State University. After completing her degree, Marlene plans to create an organization focused on recreational therapy to assist veterans. SOF also assisted Marlene with camping and hiking gear required for that program.
Marlene is one of only 500 women who have been awarded the Purple Heart, and she is the first woman to join the Military Order of the Purple Heart. She also plans to become the first female Purple Heart recipient to climb Mt. Everest.