On May 4, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce hosted a luncheon at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott featuring Kimberly Dozier, an award-winning AP war correspondent and author of "Breathing the Fire: Fighting to survive and get back to the fight.” The book is a memoir detailing Dozier’s full recovery from a 2006 car bomb that hit her team while covering the war in Iraq.
More than 200 business and community leaders heard Dozier discuss her book and recount her inspiring survival story. Dozier was a foreign correspondent for CBS news when a massive car bomb killed two of her CBS colleagues, an Army officer and an Iraqi translator. Dozier was severely injured and endured dozens of surgeries to repair her numerous wounds.
She described the details of the fateful day of the bombing. She made it clear to the audience that she struggled, and still does struggle, with the fact that she survived. “Every Memorial Day in particular is hard for me” she said. “This year will be no different.”
Dozier said one of the hardest parts of her recovery was getting people to stop seeing her as broken and fragile. For her, talking about what happened and getting back into a normal routine were crucial in her healing process. She encouraged the audience to remember not to look at our nation’s wounded warriors as broken, but to view them as the heroes they are.
Dozier’s speech concluded with a standing ovation and a personal thank you from a wounded warrior in the audience. “You have no idea what this [applause] means to me, especially coming from those of you in uniform,” Dozier said.
Local Wounded Warriors were guests at the luncheon and Wounded Warrior, BU1 John W. Devoll NMCB-21 won two tickets on Southwest Airlines.
A book signing with Dozier took place before and after the Luncheon. Profits from the book go to charities like Fisher House, Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Dozier left CBS News in 2010 in order to go back to reporting in war zones. She covers intelligence and special operations for the AP. For more about Kimberly Dozier, visit http://www.kimberlydozier.com/the_author.html
The next Professional Women’s Leadership luncheon in the series will be held on June 27, featuring speaker Dr. Teresa Sullivan, President of the University of Virginia. Dr. Sullivan will discuss principles of effective leadership.
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