Kyndra Miller Rotunda

Kyndra Miller could have been a model for Norman Rockwell, if she’d been born a quarter century earlier and in Stockbridge, Massachusetts instead of Wyoming. I mention this right off the back because she is very bright – as in gracious and out-going – and pretty. She’s also very bright in terms of intelligence, which also becomes apparent almost immediately.

He father worked in the energy business; her mother was a teacher. Kyndra and her sister were brought up to appreciate hard work and strong character. They put themselves through college. Her sister because one of top people in the prison system in Wyoming. Kyndra put herself through law school.

She joined the Army reserves and trained to become a JAG officer. She was assigned to Walter Reed Army Hospital where much of her time was spent making sure that members of the military and their families were treated properly and fairly. Often she had to struggle against an entrenched and myopic bureaucracy, just to make sure that family members got to see their loved ones, grievously wounded in Iraq.

Kyndra wanted to be more active in supporting the war effort and asked to be assigned duty in Guantanamo. In order to qualify, she had to go through grueling combat training. Kyndra led her unit on a simulated rescue mission of a downed flyer. She found the “flyer” – a 180-pound dummy – whom she carried down a flight of stairs, and then, with help from others in her unit, brought the flyer to safety. Under her leadership, the unit earned a coveted award.

Kyndra worked at Guantanamo protecting prisoners’ rights. When she was mustered out, she returned home to Wyoming where she worked for 16 months working for the governor, again making sure that veterans were getting all they were due from the government.

Because she still had time left in her reserve commitment, she was suddenly called up again, and because of her exceptionally high secret clearance, we was deployed to Guantanamo. Kyndra was promoted to the rank of Major as quickly as Army regulations would allow.

Kyndra would later write a book about her military experiences...Honor Bound.

While in Guantanamo, she met Ron Rotunda, one of the nation’s foremost Constitutional scholars who was consulting for the Department of Defense.

There's no need to dredge up the experiences that led to the lawsuit. They were scurrilous and are best relegated to the past.

Let it instead be noted that what Kyndra wanted to do was to teach law school students how to best serve the particular needs of military families. Now she is doing that at Chapman University. Kyndra is a pioneer in this area, and her work on behalf of military families will have positive ramifications for generations to come.

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