An Iraqi-American girl who fled the violence of Mosul in 2011, graduated from U.S. Marine Boot Camp Sept. 30.
“Being a U.S. citizen is great, but I came here to be a Marine,” Pfc. Amanda Issa told DVIDs at her graduation ceremony. Issa’s family fled Mosul amid rising violence, living in a Turkish refugee camp for a year, before eventually settling in Michigan.
She graduated in the top 10 percent of her high school class and received an associate’s degree in Global Studies from her local community college. Issa enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and persevered through injury at bootcamp, to eventually graduate Sept. 30.
“Now, to be called a Marine is unbelievable,” she said after her naturalization ceremony when she became U.S. Citizen.
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