[INTERVIEW] Iraq Veteran Darienne Page Leads Obamaâs Efforts to Honor the Troops

[INTERVIEW] Iraq Veteran Darienne Page Leads Obama’s Efforts to Honor the Troops

The 30-year-old third generation vet talks how she worked her way up from the mailroom to the Assistant Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement

[INTERVIEW] Iraq Veteran Darienne Page Leads Obamaâs Efforts to Honor the Troops

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feels for their welfare. Knowing that he fully understands how every action that he takes has an impact on that and he just gets it he genuinely gets it – that’s so encouraging.

We visit the wounded warriors once a month and he says to them, “If you need anything from me, make sure that she knows it.” Being entrusted with that kind of responsibility, I just do everything in my power to take care of those soldiers and make sure they have what they need.

EBONY: It is obvious that you are really passionate about the work that you do and that the White House does for our troops. It seems you have the ultimate job satisfaction. So when [it is] over, what can you imagine yourself doing next?

DP: I think that in my family public service is something instilled in us. Five of the six of us enlisted and that was just something we were taught. So I know whatever I’ll do, I’ll just continue to serve. I don't know if it will be in a non profit or what, but I feel so comfortable working with other veterans and I know I will stay close to the wounded warriors in whatever way I can.

One of the things that we work to impress upon people every day here is that there is only one percent of the people serving in the armed forces, so it’s up to one hundred percent of the people to give back and support them. We owe them so much. If you see a veteran, please take the time to say “thank you for your service.”

To see how you can help support our troops and wounded warriors, visit First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden’s site, JoiningForces,gov.

Brooke Obie writes the award-winning blog DCDistrictDiva.com. Follow her on Twitter @DCDistrictDiva.

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