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U.S. Army SFC Demitra Jarrett was raised in Kansas. After graduating from High School, she started her tactical career at the Georgia Department of Corrections while attending college full time as a single mother. She followed her dreams of serving her country when she went on active duty in 2002 after serving two years in the Army Reserve.
Jarrett spent 10 years in the military with three overseas deployments, twice in Iraq in (2003 and 2006-2007) and once in Kuwait (2007). She was seriously wounded during her first deployment in 2003, but Jarrett returned to duty in 2005 after being diagnosed with lupus. In 2012, she was accepted into Army’s Officers Candidate school, but was not able to attend due to her deteriorating condition. She served as a Squad Leader and Platoon Sergeant for the Fort Belvoir Wounded Warrior Battalion before she medically retired from the Army in 2013.
Jarrett suffers from PTSD, TBI, Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and now uses a wheelchair.
Jarrett was honored with a multitude of awards during her time in the Army, including the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal and many more.
Jarrett has earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management, Associate of Arts in Management Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management. Jarrett, her son and her mother currently live in California where her son attends UCLA. Her mother is her primary caregiver. Jarrett is now working on her Masters of Psychology and plans to finish her Ph.D. in Endocrinology/Rheumatology. Her goals are to study her own illness and find a cure for lupus in addition to providing coping skills to fellow veterans who suffer from PTSD.
Operation FINALLY HOME, along with Coventry Homes, are thrilled to build the Jarrett family a custom-built, mortgage-free home in Montgomery, Texas, in 2017.