Last week, Joni Ernst became Iowa’s first female senator. Two days later, the proud Republican quietly reported for duty in uniform at the National Guard, just as she does every Thursday.
Joni has been juggling her civilian and military lives since 1993, when she first signed up for the National Guard. She is on duty every week without fail, and prefers to keep her military service separate from her political life.
“Not many folks know she is in uniform on Thursday and Friday,” said her husband Gail. “She does it without fanfare.”
In fact, Ernst has insisted to her superiors that she wants no special treatment in the National Guard. A combat veteran in Operation Iraqi Freedom, she wants to be treated just like any other member of the military when she is on duty.
Being on the campaign trail all summer made it difficult for Joni to continue her military service. However, she made a point of taking a week off from campaigning to go drill with the Guard.
Unlike many politicians who talk the talk when it comes to military service, Ernst walks the walk. She is a woman who is not afraid to give her life for this country, and she hopes to continue to serve despite her political aspirations.
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H/T: Political Insider