“She was frustrated it took more than two years to get to Iraq,” David Jacobson said. While waiting for deployment, she kept in close contact with soldiers who had been injured in the war. They were her heroes. She idolized the troops who were already there.

“Her family has no regrets about her serving her country,” David Jacobson said. She believed in the cause. But it’s hard to see a life end that was just beginning to bloom.

For more than three months, she kept requesting her assignment. They finally relented a week ago and put her on the convoys.

“She was on the convoys for six days when she was killed,” David Jacobson said.

Her truck was behind the lead vehicle, which tripped the roadside bomb. She died instantly.