Military Hero: Theresa ‘Boggess

GOLIAD, Texas – Theresa ‘Boggess is the Military Hero of February.

The 50-year-old Goliad resident served as a medical specialist for five years.

“I went in in ’89 and so I was there for the Gulf War, when I first got to Fort Bliss, a few months later next thing I knew, we were going to Saudi Arabia to fight for the Gulf War,” ‘Boggess said.

‘Boggess says she’s thankful for the opportunity the military gave her to see the world.

“I’m glad I did it, you know, like I said I got to see Saudi Arabia, I got spend, we were on a plane but we were in Iceland, we were sitting there to get re-fueled for a couple of hours or so, so you know I really did get to see little bits of the world, I got to Germany for a week so,” ‘Boggess said.

Her time in the military also gave ‘Boggess a strong sense of confidence and long-lasting friendships.

‘Boggess is going to school virtually and has aspirations of later becoming a nurse.

“I think I’d make an awesome nurse,” ‘Boggess said.

Boggess said being a Black woman in the military wasn’t always easy.

“I’ve never had direct racism in my face, I’m sure I know I’ve experienced but it was never anything directly in my face told to me,” ‘Boggess said. “Being a woman to me, you know you just have to deal with the harassment of the sexual type stuff, you know, the things that men say, I think a lot of times a lot of them, they don’t know what they’re saying and they don’t realize how they come off, so you know, especially back in my day, you just have to keep pushing and do what you need to do. I was a fortunate one, I didn’t have the sexual assaults or anything like that but I do know of other females and friends of mine that experienced that and are still dealing with the PTSD of that to this day. I still get choked up when I hear our national anthem even though, you know my country is not always here for me as a Black African-American. I stood up for my country, I love my country, I love being a veteran, I love America, so at the end of the day regardless of our differences and the way people feel, me along with other people that look like me and don’t look like me, we’re different shades, different colors, we all come together to do what we need to do to take care of our country, to protect our country and to serve our country.”

To incoming recruits ‘Boggess says to be open to opportunities provided by military.

“Going in there are definitely more options now, I believe, get that money for school, go to school, while you are in there if you can take the classes, take the classes,” ‘Boggess said. “Come out there with your degree, if you’re going in and you already have your degree, go be an officer.”

‘Boggess said she believes women are capable of all things, her time in the military is proof of that.