In 1975, she enlisted in the Army in order to provide care for her son, who suffered from sickle cell disease. There was very limited treatment available, which required her to seek medical care elsewhere. She served 24 years as a Quartermaster Non-Commissioned Officer, and retired as a Master Sergeant in January 2000. She is a Disable Veteran and a Veteran of Desert Storm/Desert Shield. By 2007, her military medical issues made it difficult for her to maintain full time employment.