Elizabeth Alfred is originally from California, born 1979, and she is currently living in New Llano.

Alfred joined the army in 2004. She was injured in basic training, while stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.

“My military service means that I tried, even though I never completed my enlistment I was apart of something bigger than myself,” Alfred. “Being willing to fight for my country was an honor and I commend all military who currently serve.

“Unfortunately, I didn't make my years. I was injured and medically discharged after only 8 months and 24 days.”

Alfred’s career after her discharge was being a full-time mother. She is  currently a bartender at the American Legion Post 387.

Alfred has four children ages 17, 11, 8 and 6.

If you see Alfred, or any veteran, she would surely appreciate a handshake and acknowledgement of the sacrifice and the commitment veterans have made in the lofty endeavor of securing American liberty.

They are solely responsible for having protected our fortunate state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life, behavior or political views. And that is a priceless act of service.