But maybe Etchison’s most unique adjustment was adapting to civilian life after spending years hunting high-value targets in places like Afghanistan and Syria as one of the first female soldiers to serve in a special operations unit, let alone a combat role.
“I’ve had to work to be more conscious and deliberate about what is my next purpose and mission, who is part of my new tribe?” Etchison, 36, 告诉福克斯新闻. “That can be challenging. It’s been lonely and kind of strange at times.”
“But in the last year, through getting help with the [Department of Veterans Affairs] and starting to build some friendships in school, you start to see the opportunities and possibilities that the civilian world can give you,” Etchison continued.