I was born and raised in Mount Lebanon, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There
was never any question that I would be a nurse when I grew up. And beginning in
about the seventh grade, there was no question that I'd launch that nursing career
in the military. After graduating from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, I entered
the Army Nurse Corps. That was in 1972, just as the Vietnam War was winding down.
My first duty station was Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San
Antonio. That is where I met my husband, Keith. My duties included caring for repatriated
prisoners of war. True Colors is partly based on those memorable experiences.