Alexandria Aranda joined the U.S. Army in 2005 and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom shortly after. As a supply specialist at Camp Anaconda, her duties included patrolling fence lines, guarding towers and securing the local Army hospital. Aranda’s time there left her with lessons and scars that she is still working to overcome.
Since separating from the military, she works as a full-time chef, doctor, maid, Uber driver and “activity director” for her three young daughters. She spends her free time reading outside and learning to play the ukulele.
Aranda hopes the expedition will enable her to move past the barriers in life that have kept her from growing and healing. She dreams of giving back and supporting others during life’s difficult moments.