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Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman's Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front

Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman's Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front


Book Overview: Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman's Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front

"A must-read about an American patriot whose courage and determination will have a lasting impact on the future of our Armed Forces and the nation."--Senator John McCain

On July 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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Mary Jennings Hegar is a distinguished and best-selling author whose writings are deeply rooted in her vast lived experiences. A vocal advocate for equality and equity, Jennings Hegar's first book, “Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman’s Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front”, decisively shapes conversations around gender and military service. The book brilliantly illustrates her service as a US Air Force Combat Search and Rescue pilot in Afghanistan and her swift, brave responses when her helicopter was shot down during a rescue mission. Not only is Jennings Hegar an acclaimed author, she is also an indomitable military figure who served three tours in Afghanistan. Her remarkable survival during a grueling firefight, after her Medevac helicopter was shot down, became a testament to her courage and resilience. For her heroism, she was awarded the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Device, one of the highest distinctions given in the military. Beyond the battleground and the writing desk, Jennings Hegar is known for her contributions to civil rights. Her successful lawsuit against the Department of Defense resulted in the repeal of the Ground Combat Exclusion policy which prevented women from serving in many combat roles. This triumph significantly improved military opportunities for women. Mary Jennings Hegar's diverse facets as a decorated combat veteran, inspiring author, and dedicated social activist shaping her legacy as a transformative voice in both literature and military service.

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