Duty. Honor. Country. Family.
In November of 2006 Spc. Alejandro Albarran lost part of his right leg to a bomb in Iraq. With the likelihood of being assigned a desk job, the infantryman has yet to decide if he will remain with The Army. "Right now, I'm leaning against it," he said.
Whatever he decides, he won't be leaving Army life behind - because his wife has enlisted to take his place in uniform.OYE Comment: Janay's courage and dedication are beyond what any civilian can know. She knew the cost of war up close and personally and she chose to enlist anyhow. We wish this young family the best as they make another life transition. It is impossible to imagine their daughter finding stronger role models than her parents.
"After everything he's gone through - and he loves the Army - he kind of inspired me," said Janay Albarran. "I made him a promise that I would finish what he started."
While he underwent five-day-a-week rehabilitation to recover his balance and strength on a prosthetic leg at an Army rehabilitation facility in San Antonio, she was in boot camp at Fort Jackson, S.C., learning to shoot a rifle and stand in formation.
Janay Albarran graduated from basic training on Friday, gaining the rank of private. The couple's 2-year-old daughter is staying with a grandmother in Arizona.
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