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Purple Heart

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Criminal Justice Behavioral Science

Author Bio

MarieAnn C. Raguso is a veteran, scholar, and poet. In 2021 she had several publications, “Blame Game” and “Flesh” were featured in the Santa Fe Writers Project Issue 26, “Penetrating Darkness” was featured in the Wingless Dream’s Breath of Love Anthology, and in the May and June issues of the Dillydoun Review for the poems, “Drive Away” and “Lending Family Money.” Her love for writing doesn’t stop there. In 2017 Raguso was published in Hinnom Magazine Issue 4 for a short fiction story, “The Atlantow.” She also edited and wrote the screenplay for the 2007 indie film, Revival of Darkness.

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"As a combat veteran, I received a purple heart after my MRAP, armored truck, was blown up by an improvised explosive device (IED). It made me reflect on those who have come before me, and I wondered, how many women have a Purple Heart? The answer was less than 100 women have a Purple Heart, according to the Military Order of the Purple Heart in 2017. Having a Purple Heart is still a cauldron of mixed feelings for me, and I felt the urge to write about it."



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