Thank you veteran Shoshana Johnson
Yesterday, President Obama paid a Veterans Day visit to Arlington National Cemetery, where he laid a wreath and met with US war veterans.
Today, Kinnks thought of one specific veteran Shoshana Johnson. Panamanian-born, Johnson was the first Black or Latina female prisoner of war in the military history of the United States.
During a gun fight, Johnson suffered bullet wounds and was captured and held for 22 days.
A rescue mission of the US Marine Corps freed Johnson on April 2003.
In an interview with Kent State University – Johnson describes she is not thrilled with the recognition of first Black Prisoner of War because it does not represent her hard work, or accomplishments – it represents an accident.
I was shocked when I heard Johnson was part of the same unit as the much-publicized Jessica Lynch. Critics have accused the media of providing Lynch more recognition due her race verses the images of Johnson with ruffled braids.
In 2010, Johnson published I’m Still Standing: From Captive U.S. Soldier to Free Citizen—My Journey Home.
Kinnks gives a special
THANK YOU to ALL
the men and women who have severed in our
United States Armed Forces