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Sen. Tuberville honors Chesca Barnett as Veteran of the Month

Monday, U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-Alabama) released a video honoring U.S. Air Force Airman Chesca Barnett of Brierfield as the May "Veteran of the Month." In addition to her service in the U.S. Air Force, Airman Barnett now serves as a pharmacist at Children's of Alabama in Birmingham, and as an adjunct professor at Jefferson State Community College and Samford University.

"Chesca Barnett of Brierfield went to the U.S. Air Force Academy at age 17 thinking that she would one day become an astronaut. Little did she know that her time in the military would take her on a completely different career path. Due to some medical setbacks, Chesca was told she wouldn't be able to go to flight school as she'd originally planned. She recalls feeling devastated at having to give up on a dream she'd had since she was six years old. This setback led her to discover an unexpected passion that would allow her to help those who need it most."

"After eight years in the military, Chesca began studying to become a pharmacist. She chose to specialize in pediatrics because she believes our children deserve the best care available. And for the last 20 years, she has been serving as a pharmacist at Children's of Alabama."

"Chesca feels she has a 'duty' to serve, which she attributes to her time in the military. But her impact spans far beyond the medical field. Chesca also teaches courses at Jefferson State Community College AND Samford University. There, she helps students who are facing personal challenges - reminding them that if she overcame her struggles, they can too."

Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in the United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans' Affairs, and HELP Committees.


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