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Women Making a Difference: The Boot Girls

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Meet 1 of the 5 Texas ladies who were inspired by Marcus Latrell's book, The Lone Survivor (an AMAZING book if you haven't read it yet!). Here's more: With an aggressive goal of activating 1 million Americans to "Get Their Boots On" over the next year, the Boot Campaign is the creation of five women from Texas, known as the Boot Girls and will launch nationally on Friday, July 23 in conjunction with a national major network TV appearance. The grassroots phenomenon started one year ago in Tyler, Texas at the "Country for Our Country Benefit Concert" where the Boot Girls asked the concert's biggest country music stars to pose in combat boots to show their support for U.S. troops. The musicians pulled on the boots that evening and the Girls’ lives have not been the same since. I have the honor of interviewing Leigh Ann. Leigh Ann is a "third generation Fort Worth native who spent my childhood as a competitive swimmer and Camp Longhorn camper. The daughter of an engineer at Bell Helicopter and a math teacher, I was a stellar student and I loved school. So, following a family full of teachers, I earned both a Bachelor's and Master's of Education from the University of Texas where I was an officer in the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. I taught middle school for 10 years in Austin and Houston before becoming a mother of two daughters. Married to David for 13 years, I spend my time volunteering for various non-profit groups such as the Junior League of Houston and my daughter's elementary school, most recently serving as the President of the PTA. I have ridden in the MS 150 bike tour from Houston to Austin for the past 8 years, and I was a top 300 fundraiser during 5 of those years, supporting the research and treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. My newest adventure is event planning in Houston, because I like a good party." (and who doesn't?)