Featured Veteran: Linda S. Hessaa

This week, we are featuring our first female veteran! Linda Hessaa was photographed in Canton, South Dakota. She is a Navy veteran who was a Yeoman during the Vietnam War.

Linda shared with us her mother and father met during a bittersweet time. Her mother was a nurse in the Philippines while her father was in the Army Air Corps. Her dad was a POW for four years being held by the Japanese. When he was released, he met his future wife, Linda’s mom, in the recovery hospital. The rest was history. Thank you, Linda, for sharing this incredible story while we made your photograph.

Check back next week as we feature a veteran we met in Texas who had a compelling story bringing tears to our eyes.

© Veteran portrait by Stacy L. Pearsall, story by Des’ola Mecozzi

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