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Meet Veteran Bernadine Donato

The Athletes:
A. Bailey  |  I. Brown  |  C. Caesar  |  M. Dimal  |  B. Donato
C. Gage  |  I. Glennon  |  S. Holzhalb  |  A. Madsen  |  J. Roberts

Veterans Portrait Project Photos By Stacy Pearsall
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Social Media/News

Inspirational Patient Selected as 1 of 10 Veterans in the U.S. to Be Honored by VA For Its “Women Veterans Athletes Initiative” May 17, 2018

[Podcast] #88 Bernardine Donato – Navy & Air Force Veteran, Athlete and Team RWB Leader [03/07/2018]

Guest Blog – Veteran Athlete Lives Life on Her Own Terms Despite Two Autoimmune Disorders [03/01/2018]


US Navy and Air National Guard, 1974-1998
Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm

Bernadine Donato spent ten years as a US Navy nurse, and then served in the US Air National Guard as a tactical flight nurse.  She served in both Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, retiring after 24 years as a LtCol.  Throughout her career, and now retirement, Bernie has used strength training, skydiving, and running to continue to keep her body well-conditioned.

Sports are essential in my life – doesn’t matter if you are the fastest or the greatest, just getting off the couch and participating counts, and helps keep my mind and body healthy.

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