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This animal care expert left the Army and focused her efforts on changing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

[brid video="114089" player="7965" title="War Ink Dare Mighty Things"]Tracey Cooper-Harris was an animal care expert for the Army and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Cooper-Harris willingly deployed to a combat zone for her country, but struggled privately as the military's "Dont' Ask, Don't Tell" policy forced her to live a double-life.


After 12 years in the Army and multiple deployments, she decided to leave the service and focus her efforts to change the law.

Across her right arm is a tattoo with a quote from President Theodore Roosevelt which reads: "Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure ... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."

" 'Dare mighty things' is about having the courage to just go out and do it," Cooper-Harris said.

Cooper-Harris' story is part of War Ink: 11 for 11, a video series presented by We Are The Mighty.  The series features 11 combat veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan using tattoos to tell their stories on and off the battlefield. Each week for the next 11 weeks, a different tattooed veteran will share his or her story.

Do you have a tattoo that tells the story of your war experiences? Post a photo of it at We Are The Mighty's Facebook page with the hashtag #WeAreTheMightyInk. WATM will be teeing up the coolest and most intense ones through Veteran's Day.
 

Video Credit: Rebecca Murga and Karen Kraft