Hope Solo Helps Reenlist Soldier Diana Zuniga

Zennie Abraham / Zennie62
Zennie Abraham / Zennie62

1966964_566088816832554_1463870981_nHope Solo’s work in helping people doesn’t get the notice it should, so when stories like this one at Military.com come up, they have to be promoted.

Hope Solo, the American soccer goalkeeper and a two-time Olympic gold medalist from Richland, Wash, was in attendance for the reenlistment of Spc. Diana Zuniga at Memorial Stadium in Seattle, on March 27th.

The blog reports that Zuniga, a native of Rochester, N.Y., and Operation Enduring Freedom veteran who has served for the last three years, made the special reenlistment request of Solo.

“I went up to Staff Sergeant [Arthur] Hamilton and said ‘hey, like, there are these national soccer team members, Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe, and it’d be kind of cool if I could have them at my reenlistment ceremony,” Zuniga explained. “I wasn’t sure if he could make it happen, but here we are!”

“I just look up to strong women who are not afraid to go after what they want,” Zuniga said. “You can have anything you want if you go for it and you work for it. I read [Solo’s] memoir a couple months ago and it reiterated all the qualities that I’ve tried to develop as a person; she embodies those.”

You have to understand that serving our country runs in my family,” Solo said. “So, I was really honored when I found out about it.”

Military.com reports that the reenlistment almost didn’t happen because Zuniga and Solo’s schedules were not lining up until the last week of March when Solo returned to Seattle.

“For her to actually wait for both of us to be in town meant a lot, because she’s our hero,” Solo said. “I don’t see us as being her hero; all I do is kick a soccer ball and dive around. But she’s putting her life at risk and I’m honored; truly honored.”

Stay tuned.

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Zennie Abraham
Zennie Abraham | Zennie Abraham or "Zennie62" is the founder of Zennie62Media which consists of zennie62blog.com and a multimedia blog news aggregator and video network, and 78-blog network, with social media and content development services and consulting. Zennie is a pioneer video blogger, YouTube Partner, social media practitioner, game developer, and pundit. Note: news aggregator content does not reflect the personal views of Mr. Abraham.

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