SPECIALIST KENDRA SANDERS, 20
“Putting our lives on the line takes a lot of strength and courage,” says Specialist Kendra Sanders. With a father who served 20 years in the Army, Sanders understands sacrifice from both sides of the equation. She had to put everything on hold, knowing that she might not return, as did her longtime boyfriend, Michael (far right), who redeployed to Iraq only a few days before she left. “What matters most is that we both made it back alive and are more in love than ever,” she says.