Amanda Saunders understands the meaning of sacrifice. And she also understands the value of a strong education. After enlisting in the Army in 1999, she broke her back in basic training during one of the field activities. "I had to change the way I did everything," says Saunders. Since the accident, life has been limited for the 27-year-old from Freedom, Pa.
If I had any issues with classes or assignments because of my medical conditions, they were more than willing to work out an arrangement so that I could participate in the activities with my other classmates.
"There are things that I would love to do," she says, "such as going skiing or taking my kids ice skating, but one fall and I could be back in the hospital." Saunders isn't one to give up easily, though. Now discharged, she is studying health care administration at RMU.
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