NFM Lending greets Sergeant Marion LaBeet
Like so many others who enlisted in the military, LaBeet was first inspired to serve through a loved one. In this case, that person was his brother-in-law, who was in the US Navy. “It was such pride to see him serve the country, just proud of what he fought for and what he believed in,” she recalls. “I wanted to be a part of something bigger, of something bigger than me.” She kept her dream until she graduated from high school when she enlisted in the US military. It was only a few months later, after completing her training, that she deployed as a truck driver in Afghanistan in 2012 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Very quickly, LaBeet experienced the frightening reality of deploying to a war zone. His unit was attacked the first night they arrived, and Labeet remembers “jumping out of bed, hearing rockets fly … wondering if I’m going to go home to find my family.” She was worried about her two sons, who were young at the time.
LaBeet was an ammunition stock control specialist, where she delivered ammunition, food, water and other supplies to soldiers at nearby campsites. His logistics skills have helped the Army save millions of dollars through cost avoidance efforts. Aside from the day-to-day challenges of keeping the military profitable, LaBeet has struggled internally with the uneven expectations of women in the military. “Being a woman in the military meant I had to work twice as hard to be seen,” she said. “I always felt that I had to be in great shape, I had to know my regulations inside and out, I had to always set myself a higher standard and operate at that highest level to be caught. serious.
When LaBeet returned home on leave, it was hard to get used to not being on the battlefield. She had nightmares and said she “tried to cope with the things I had seen on the tour, always looking for my gun when she wasn’t around when I didn’t need to do that anymore.” Despite all she had endured, LaBeet re-enrolled and was sent to Fort Shafter, HI. It was there that she met her future husband, Carl, a nine-year-old army veteran himself.
In 2018, LaBeet left the military after serving eight years, ending his military career as a sergeant. After leaving the army, she created a new path for herself by becoming a cosmetologist and entrepreneur. LaBeet lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband and two sons. She enjoys running her hair business and making her clients feel beautiful.
NFM Salute is an initiative in which a member or veteran is chosen each month to be honored as “Salute of the Month”. The greetings are chosen from among the nominations on the NFM Salute website, www.nfmsalute.com. The “Salute of the Month” will be featured on the website along with a biography and information about its service, and NFM Lending will donate to a non-profit organization on behalf of Salute.
NFM Lending is proud to donate $ 2,500 to Veterinary Code on behalf of LaBeet. NFM looks forward to the opportunity to continue honoring service members and veterans through the NFM Salute initiative.
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