Monica Beltran

Monica Beltran (born 1985) is a soldier in the Virginia Army National Guard who was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with "V" device for actions during a 2005 battle in the Iraq War.wikipedia
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"V" device

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Monica Beltran (born 1985) is a soldier in the Virginia Army National Guard who was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with "V" device for actions during a 2005 battle in the Iraq War. As a result of continuing to fight against the enemy even while injured, Beltran was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with "V" device, along with a Purple Heart (for her injury), and promoted to specialist.

Virginia Women in History

In 2012, Beltran was given the Virginia Women in History award by the Library of Virginia.

Virginia Army National Guard

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Monica Beltran (born 1985) is a soldier in the Virginia Army National Guard who was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with "V" device for actions during a 2005 battle in the Iraq War.

Bronze Star Medal

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Monica Beltran (born 1985) is a soldier in the Virginia Army National Guard who was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with "V" device for actions during a 2005 battle in the Iraq War. As a result of continuing to fight against the enemy even while injured, Beltran was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with "V" device, along with a Purple Heart (for her injury), and promoted to specialist.

Iraq War

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Monica Beltran (born 1985) is a soldier in the Virginia Army National Guard who was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with "V" device for actions during a 2005 battle in the Iraq War.

Prince William County, Virginia

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Born in 1985, Beltran is from Prince William County, Virginia.

Elizabeth, New Jersey

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Beltran lived in the Elizabeth, New Jersey area before moving to Northern Virginia, where she graduated from Gar-Field Senior High School.

Gar-Field Senior High School

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Beltran lived in the Elizabeth, New Jersey area before moving to Northern Virginia, where she graduated from Gar-Field Senior High School.

Forward operating base

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While heading to a nearby forward operating base (for the first time) on October 26, 2005, Beltran and several other soldiers from her unit was ambushed by enemy forces using hand grenades, small arms fire, and rocket-propelled grenades.

Private first class

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Ranked private first class at the time, she helped fight off the attack as a vehicle turret gunner, providing suppressing fire with a .50 caliber machine gun, despite suffering (unbeknownst to Beltran at the time) a bullet wound to her left hand in the process.

Purple Heart

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As a result of continuing to fight against the enemy even while injured, Beltran was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with "V" device, along with a Purple Heart (for her injury), and promoted to specialist.

Specialist (rank)

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As a result of continuing to fight against the enemy even while injured, Beltran was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with "V" device, along with a Purple Heart (for her injury), and promoted to specialist.

Silver Star

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Several other soldiers also received Bronze Star Medals for valor; the soldier who was killed posthumously received a Silver Star.

Sergeant

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In October 2006, Beltran was promoted to sergeant.

Lockheed Martin

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In 2006, Beltran also worked for Lockheed Martin as a dispatcher.

XVIII Airborne Corps

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She served with the XVIII Airborne Corps and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2013.

Library of Virginia

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In 2012, Beltran was given the Virginia Women in History award by the Library of Virginia.

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

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Armed Forces Reserve Medal

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