American Red Cross North Texas employee Paula LeBov will deploy to Kuwait to help manage the Red Cross office at Camp Arifjan. Throughout her one-year assignment, LeBov’s mission will focus on delivering our emergency communication services, facilitating resiliency programs and providing morale-boosting activities for service members. She will depart the DFW area on Jan. 9, 2019.
LeBov, an American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces program specialist based in Fort Worth, recently retired after a 24-year career as a combat medic for the U.S. Army.
As a graduate of the first U.S. Army Master Resilience Trainer course in 2008, LeBov became a certified resiliency instructor and teaches soldiers and veterans effective skills and tools for coping with stress and altering unhealthy perceptions and situations. The program’s ultimate goal is to see a measurable shift in cases of post-traumatic stress disorder.
“I approach my position as a master resiliency trainer with determination and passion,” LeBov said.
“After serving multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, the horrors of combat will forever be etched in my mind. And then there are the post-deployment horrors facing my fellow servicemen and women including suicide, substance abuse and domestic violence.
“Repeatedly witnessing my fellow soldiers in emotional pain was the driving force behind my passion for the resiliency program. I’m honored to be going to Kuwait to continue serving on behalf of the American Red Cross.”
While in the Army, LeBov was appointed to serve as the master resiliency trainer for the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division. She has continued to teach these courses since joining the Red Cross in April 2018.
“On behalf of the American Red Cross, I want to thank Paula for her commitment to serving her fellow service members and for her continued service to our country,” said Keith Rhodes, CEO, American Red Cross North Texas Region. “We know that Paula will make a lasting impact on the individuals she meets at Camp Arifjan and we wish her the very best on her deployment.”
A resident of Grapevine, LeBov hails from Tampa, Florida and teaches yoga in her spare time.
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The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org or visit us on Facebook and Twitter at @RedCrossDFW.