Sharon D. Allen’s (she/her/hers) writing has appeared in The Hamilton News-Journal,The Pulse Journal, The Cincinnati Enquirer and Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan and the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops and their Families.
Allen joined the Ohio National Guard in 2000, at age 22. She was deployed to Iraq in 2004 and left the service in 2008 after working as a petroleum supply specialist, a wheeled vehicle mechanic and a heavy equipment operator. Allen is glad she joined the military and glad she went to Iraq, but doesn’t want to go back. While deployed, she wrote numerous short, nonfiction accounts based on people she met during her tour of duty.