Ray joined the Navy September 2005, because, as she says, the Navy involves work on the ground, at sea, and in the air — you never know what you’re going to get. While growing up in Palmdale, Calif., Ray enjoyed recreational sports, especially volleyball, and she participated in her high school marching band’s color guard. In 2010, she was injured in motor vehicle accident that left her with a TBI. She is now medically retired from the Navy, and she is pursuing an associate’s degree at the University of Phoenix.

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Kathleen Ray

Retired Navy Aviation Technician 3rd Class

Age: 26

Current Command/Position: Student

Current Hometown: Palmdale, Calif.

Disability: TBI, sustained in a motor vehicle accident August 2010