Warrior of the Week Episode 24: Jacqueline Carrizosa       

In this week’s edition of our Warrior of the Week series, TickPick is proud to honor Jacqueline Carrizosa. We are incredibly grateful for Jacqueline’s service in the Navy, and honored to send her tickets to see Dierks Bentley!

Veteran: Jacqueline Carrizosa

Event: Dierks Bentley

Branch of MilitaryNavy

Before we continue, we must give credit to Tim Kolczak with The Veterans Project for bringing attention to Jacqueline’s story. Tim does an incredible job of spotlighting our veterans’ stories, and we cannot recommend The Veterans Project enough!

“I can’t really imagine what it would be like to be entangled in parachute lines while swimming to save another person under torrential downpours and mountainous waves.  I’ve felt the sensation of drowning once when I was caught in the undertow at a beach in Oceanside and right then I decided I’d never join a military branch that put me anywhere near the water.  Now imagine that sensation of drowning, but there’s absolutely no room for panic.  You are the calm force that’s demanded in an incredibly tense, unforgiving situation.  Not only do you not have room for trepidation in this position, you’ve come to accept this as one of your opportunities to utilize your greatest skill-set.  You are one of the elite Navy Rescue Swimmers.  Jacqueline Carrizosa was one of those swimmers, and the only woman of 19 men to make it through her class, when they started with 33 people .

I also won’t surmise to know what it’s like to be thrown from your bicycle after being slammed into by a truck going 65 miles per hour.  I don’t know the pain that comes with breaking your back in eight places and losing a heavily-lacerated kidney.  The simple truth of it is, Jacqueline could’ve very easily died that night in California when she was vaulted from her bike onto hard, unforgiving pavement.  I can imagine some of those same skills of perseverance that served her so well as a rescue swimmer, served her just as well in the back of the ambulance when she was fighting just to hang onto life’s thin chord.  To be honest, I didn’t know who Jacqueline was until her accident.  I watched as my Facebook stream was invaded with “well-wishes” and ‘#prayforbrojaq.’  I thought she was just another professional motocross rider who was injured in a biking accident.  When I realized she was a veteran, I started to more thoroughly investigate the details.

The simple fact of the matter is that everyone has a ‘social media persona.’  It’s not that all of us necessarily hide behind this version but in many instances, it’s just the fact that social media only shows a small fraction of who we really are.  It’s an incredibly small window into our lives that’s made to look like the real thing.   Further investigations led me to a tatted-up adrenaline junkie, motocross riding, three gun competitor who’d proudly served in the United States Navy.  She definitely had an edge to her that often comes with the territory of extreme sports, and an affinity for the hardest challenges.

The project’s made me even more aware of the fact that social media personas aren’t a clear definition of that person, though, so I knew there was probably another side of Jacqueline.  I was right.  There’s also the Jacqueline that’s an incredibly kind, light-hearted individual whose best friend is her Aussie Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler), Oda.

There’s the Jacqueline that grew up in a home where running away was often the solution to getting away from her problems.  There’s a Jacqueline that was arrested multiple times before her senior year of high school and joined the Navy knowing it was the only way to escape her situation at home.  Jac is one of those incredible examples of perseverance and an even better example of not bowing out due to your circumstances.  I’ll let her take it from here.”

If you would like to read the full story, please click here.

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TickPick – Warrior of the Week

We’re proud of our military servicemen and women, and we like to show our appreciation for them choosing to serve our country by providing the experience of a lifetime with complementary tickets to live events all across America, courtesy of TickPick.

There are never enough ways to thank our veterans and their families, and while still far from enough, we hope that a memorable night cheering on their favorite team or seeing their favorite acts will begin to show our appreciation for their service.

Do you know a veteran or active duty soldier deserving of TickPick’s Warrior of the Week?

Nominate them now.

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The Veterans Project is a comprehensive photographic essay detailing the lives of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom combat veterans and their return to civilian life. The project focuses on the many challenges surrounding their re-entry into “polite society” and realistically depicts their lives profiled in both photographic and interview formats.

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