Transcript: Remarks by Iraq War Veteran Jeanine McDonnell at the Republican National Convention
Edited by Jenny Jiang
Transcript of remarks by Jeanine McDonnell, Iraq War Veteran, at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 29, 2012:
“Good evening, I am proud to be one of the 212,000 servicewomen who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade.
“As a 24 year old Virginian in Iraq, I worked with some of the most courageous men and women this nation has to offer, and we were united in a singular cause: to protect the nation that we love.
“It has been my privilege to serve alongside heroes of every service. Defending this nation and its citizens is not without sacrifice for service members and the families who support them.
“And that’s why we need leaders who don’t play chicken with our nation’s defense. We need leaders who will invest in defense-not abandon it.
“And that’s why we need Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
“Now, it is my honor to introduce Chris Devlin-Young, a hero in his own right, a former Coast Guardsman and a two-time Paralympic gold medalist in alpine skiing. Chris.”
Jeanine works as senior program manager for test and evaluation with Command Post Technologies, headquartered in Suffolk, Virginia. She served is the Army as a leader of a satellite platoon in the Signal Corps in Iraq, which covers Army communication. Jeanine has also worked for SAIC on a joint forces Command project and she has worked for Northrop Grumman. She is the oldest daughter of Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia.