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00:00:18 - Interview Introduction / Decision to Join the Military

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Partial Transcript: Interviewer: Okay, tell me about your background and life circumstances before you entered the military.

Segment Synopsis: Boushon lists information about her educational background and explains her decision to join the military, preferring the Air Force to the Navy.

00:05:18 - Basic Training

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Partial Transcript: Interviewer: So, you hadn't even done your basic training at this point, right?

Segment Synopsis: In this segment, Boushon describes how 9/11 affected her basic training.

00:08:43 - Officer Training

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Partial Transcript: Interviewer: So, what was officers training school like, besides the-- not being able to walk from building to building, but--

Segment Synopsis: In this segment Boushon describes her early commissioning and the kind of exercises she did during officer training.

00:14:20 - Becoming an ICU Nurse

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Partial Transcript: Interviewer: Were you before---were you specialized or was it--?

Segment Synopsis: In this segment, Boushon describes her pre-military specialization in ICU nursing and how she had little training during orientation, being mostly self-taught.

00:18:43 - First Deployment

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Partial Transcript: Interviewer: So, what happened--when did you get your first deployment?

Segment Synopsis: In this segment, Boushon explains her mixed emotions about being deployed to Iraq.

00:24:22 - Building a Hospital

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Partial Transcript: Boushon: Um, when we first--oh, actually I got--when we first got there, they dropped off all of our supplies on pallets, out by the flight line.

Segment Synopsis: In this segment, Boushon describes how, upon arrival in Jordan, she and her fellow soldiers had to build a hospital with few supplies on a base which previously had no such facility.

00:26:13 - Daily Life on Base

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Partial Transcript: Interviewer: So, what was the main thing that you did while you were on base there?

Segment Synopsis: In this segment, Boushon discusses some of her daily life on base in Jordan, including getting to know medical personnel in the Army, relating a story which touched her personally about a young man who came to the hospital with his unit which had suffered multiple casualties.

00:28:37 - Special Forces

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Partial Transcript: Boushon: You can always tell based on the demeanor of the people coming in, what type of experience they'd been through.

Segment Synopsis: Boushon describes the difficulties of treating Special Forces patients and how they differed from her other patients.

00:32:04 - Flying in a Chinook

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Partial Transcript: Boushon: I mean, I get to meet a lot of really cool Special Forces guys, and I get to fly in a Chinook.

Segment Synopsis: In this segment, Boushon relates her first time flying in a helicopter.

00:42:33 - Second Deployment

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Partial Transcript: Interviewer: So, let's talk about your second deployment.

Segment Synopsis: In this segment, Boushon describes her second deployment, including how the living conditions differed from her first deployment to Iraq and how she got along with her new colleagues.

00:46:28 - Volunteer Work

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Partial Transcript: Boushon: So, I wanted to go out, and explore, and do things and whatnot. So, it was difficult. I did get to do some cool things though.

Segment Synopsis: In this segment, Boushon describes her volunteer work with the nomadic Bedouin people.

00:49:48 - Going off base

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Partial Transcript: Interviewer: Was it safe for you to go off base to go visit the Bedouins, or was it pretty dangerous?

Segment Synopsis: In this segment, Boushon explains the dynamics of off-base work, describing her visits to the Bedouin people and her patient transport missions.

00:53:09 - Treating Iraqi patients

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Partial Transcript: Interviewer: So, it sounds like you--I mean, even though you're in the middle of a war zone, you were so into it, your job, and what you had to do that it didn't distribute as much as it could have.

Segment Synopsis: In this segment, Boushon relates a story of how an explosion severely injured two young Iraqi boys and how treating them affected her emotionally.

00:56:52 - A Bombing on Base

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Partial Transcript: Plane: So, was your base getting bombed while you were there too?

Segment Synopsis: In this segment, Boushon describes her base's single bombing and how that experience affected the rest of her deployment and her life as a civilian.

01:05:34 - Being a Woman in the Military

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Partial Transcript: Interviewer: Yeah, I guess that's from being a woman in the military, you kind of have those experiences.

Segment Synopsis: In this segment, Boushon describes how being a woman affected her military career.

01:12:31 - Fibromyalgia Diagnosis

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Partial Transcript: Boushon: But, unfortunately that second deployment, that illness that I got, the high fevers, and the vomiting, and abdominal pain, and stuff--it never went away.

Segment Synopsis: In this interview, Boushon describes being diagnosed with fibromyalgia after she returned to the United States, discussing how this diagnosis affected her work as a nurse.

01:14:08 - Living with Chronic Illness

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Partial Transcript: Interviewer: So, you were able to keep a regular schedule even though you were sick--the medication helped you function?

Segment Synopsis: In this segment, Boushon describes the physical and emotional challenges of living with a chronic illness.

01:16:56 - Transitioning to Civilian Life

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Partial Transcript: Interviewer: So, how did you feel coming home, and did it feel totally different from what you had been doing for so long?

Segment Synopsis: In this segment, Boushon explains her difficulty transitioning back to a civilian life.

01:29:12 - Reflection on Military Service / Concluding Remarks

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Partial Transcript: Interviewer: Um, looking back, how do you feel about the whole thing, like what has it meant to your life?

Segment Synopsis: In this segment, Boushon reflects on her military service and the impact it's had on her values, character, and career. The interview is concluded.