It had only been a month in Iraq when Ann Arbor, Michigan native Captain Sarah Rykowski suffered a terrible accident.
Captain Rykowski set out to meet with Iraqi officials regarding legal matters against the military. She was escorted by three soldiers in a convoy when their Humvee ran over a live bomb. She survived with lacerations and an injured arm. The other three soldiers died. Rykowski received a Purple Heart.
This Veteran’s Day, Captain Rykowski will visit Saint Mary’s College, the school where she received her bachelor’s degree in political science. She then went on to earn her law degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Rykowski then made a gutsy career move. Instead of practicing law in the civil or corporate spectrum, Rykowski joined the army.
“Whether you like the war or not, you have to support the people.” Rykowski told reporter Jo Mathis. “Whether it’s the right thing or the wrong thing, we’re there right now and we have a job to do.”
Captain Rykowski’s story can be read in the book “The Girls Come Marching Home,” by Kirsten Holmstedt.
Captain Rykowski plans to spend the entire day on the Saint Mary’s campus. For more information about Captain Rykowski’s visit, contact Gwen O’Brien, Saint Mary’s College Director of Media Relations.