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Rachel McNeill

Warrior Writers
Boston Program Director
Cambridge, MA
Rachel McNeill enlisted in the Army Reserves as a heavy construction equipment operator in 2002 at age 17. She deployed to Ramadi, Iraq with the 983rd Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy) from December 2004 to December 2005, where she became a driver and turret gunner with B Company’s tactical movement team, under the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force. In 2008, she was selected as the editor in chief for The Clarion, the student-run newspaper of Madison College, where she earned an associate’s degree in visual communications and media design in 2009. After being medically retired as a sergeant in 2010, she moved from Wisconsin to Massachusetts, earning a bachelor’s degree in international relations with a minor in history from Harvard University in 2014. As an undergraduate, Rachel co-founded Warrior Writers Boston and served as a leadership fellow for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and as a community service fellow with The Mission Continues. After graduation, she founded The Mission Continues’ Boston Service Platoon and co-founded the Greater Boston Veterans Collaborative. She now lives in Cambridge and serves as a veterans case worker for Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III.

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