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This Latina Survived Two Tours In Iraq Then Got Struck By Lightning

Rosa Sanchez is a soldier from Fort Bragg, Texas who bravely served her country in two tours in Iraq.

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After surviving one of the most dangerous places in the world, the Latina veteran had a near death experience once she returned to the United States.

In 2009, Sanchez was carrying her young son into a T.J. Maxx store when they were both struck by lightning.

Sanchez and her son were both burned badly during the strike. “He was burned, but he was looking up at me and screaming,” Specialist James Van Dorn, also an Iraq veteran from Fort Bragg, Texas, told the U.S. Army. “My training tells me that is a good sign, so I passed the boy over to another bystander.”

The lightning bolt entered Sanchez’s right shoulder and went through to her left foot.

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“When I got to her, I saw that she was on fire – her hair, her shirt,” Van Dorn told the U.S. Army. “It’s pouring rain and she was on fire. It just tells you how powerful lightning is. I took off my shirt and put her out as quickly as I could.”

And, in the process, the lightning bolt fused the underwire of her bra to one of her breasts.

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Doctors had to remove some of her skin to remove the underwire. “When they [the doctors] cut the skin off it obviously made one side bigger than the other,” Sanchez said during her interview on the TV series “Botched By Nature.”

“When I look at my chest now, I don’t feel like myself. I can see that it’s different and I feel deformed.” Sanchez said the injuries prevented her from being active and led her to gain weight. The injury, combined with a previous tummy tuck procedure that wasn’t executed well, left her even more uncomfortable with her appearance.

On top of the physical damage, Sanchez’s memory was also affected.

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Sanchez signed up for the TV series “Botched By Nature” to get help. Doctors gave her a breast augmentation and tummy tuck to fix some of the issues caused by the lightning strike and previous cosmetic surgery.

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“It’s a new beginning and I’m in a happy place and I’m in a good place,” Sanchez told E! News. “And I think I’m ready for whatever comes.” The doctors were able to fix the failed tummy tuck by flattening her stomach and trimming down her sides. They were also successful in giving Sanchez a breast augmentation so her breasts matched in size.

You can watch Rosa Sanchez’s “Botched By Nature” preview below!

READ: After A Routine Surgery, This Latina Woke Up With A British Accent

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Doctored Image Of Ted Cruz In BDSM Gear Is Going Viral

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Doctored Image Of Ted Cruz In BDSM Gear Is Going Viral

An altered image of Sen. Ted Cruz in full BDSM gear is popping up all over social media right now. The conservative senator has sparked outrage from the nation several times during his career as a politician. Who could forget him taking a vacation to Mexico as Texans died from power outages connected to extreme winter weather?

This image of Sen. Ted Cruz first showed up in San Antonio.

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The photo has gone viral on social media after being photographed in San Antonio. The doctored image put Sen. Cruz’s face on the half-naked body of a man wearing a leather chest harness, leather boots, small underwear, gloves, and holding a riding crop. The body has “PROUD BOYS” tattooed across the stomach.

Some are offended for the man whose body is used in the image.

The image has sparked a conversation about fat, slut, and queer-shaming. It is never okay to shame people for their bodies, their sexual orientation, or their sexuality. The acting of shaming these things creates humiliation and dangerous prejudices against people.

But, the use of this imagery has a very specific and pointed message.

Sen. Cruz has a long history of opposing Pride parades, marriage equality, and the inclusion of LGBTQ+ people in nondiscrimination orders. The senator also made headlines during his campaign for president for hiring an adult entertainer in an attack ad against Marco Rubio.

One of Sen. Cruz’s ads featured Amy Lindsay, who had a history of appearing in softcore pornographic films. The Cruz campaign tapped her to act in the ad and pulled it just as quickly when Lindsay’s acting history came to light.

Sen. Cruz is up for reelection in 2024.

Seems safe to say that some Texans are already trying to launch their own campaigns to defeat Sen. Cruz. The 2018 race for his seat against Beto O’Rourke showed the potential for unseating the incumbent as the demographics continue to shift in the Lone Star State. The 2020 election also showed that Texas could turn blue sooner than most ever expected.

READ: AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

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Fort Hood Honors Vanessa Guillén By Naming Gate After Her One Year After Death

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Fort Hood Honors Vanessa Guillén By Naming Gate After Her One Year After Death

It’s been one year since Spc. Vanessa Guillén was murdered at Fort Hood. The death shocked the nation and revealed an environment of sexual harassment and unexplained deaths at the military base. One year later, Fort Hood is honoring Vanessa Guillén by naming a gate after her.

It’s been one year since Spc. Vanessa Guillén was killed.

Guillén’s death devastated her family and angered the nation. Her disappearance, which went under the radar for months, sparked a campaign for answers from Fort Hood officials.

Guillén’s death sparked a movement to address sexual assault and violence against women in the military. Guillén’s attacker killed her because she threatened to report him for sexual harassment. #IAmVanessaGuillen was a trending topic as people shared their stories of sexual harassment in the military. Her family proposed legislation to make it safer for people to report this kind of harassment while in the military.

Fort Hood renamed one of their gates to honor Guillén.

Officials from the military base worked with the family to figure out a way to honor Guillén’s memory and legacy at the base. The gate leads to the 3rd Regiment, where Guillén spent her days and served her country.

“So in coordination with the family, who agreed to allow us to do this, we are going to dedicate a gate that has her name on it — that has her picture — and you can come learn just a little about Vanessa. But mostly it’s so [in] two, three, four years we haven’t forgotten what this is all about, what this moment is all about in our history,” Lt. Gen. Pat White, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, said at the ceremony unveiling the gate, according to NBC News.

The family hopes that the gate serves as a reminder and inspiration.

Lupe, Guillén’s younger sister, spoke at the family’s news conference. They did not attend the ceremony because of the anniversary and the emotional toll being in that soot would take on the family. Yet, she is hopeful that the gate being named after her sister will keep her memory alive and encourage people to seek help when sexually harassed.

READ: Military Members Are Sharing Stories Of Sexual Assault In The Military Using #IAmVanessaGuillen

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