2013 - Thru Her Lens
BRANCH: U.S. Air Force
ARTIST: Rebecca Ojeda, Sean Gardner
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MEANING BEHIND THE DESIGN:Zuleika Cruz was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, where she was motivated to enlist immediately once she turned 18 years old as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Both a U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Veteran, Cruz suffered from cervical, back, sciatica nerve injuries, as well as chronic PTSD, from her time serving in Iraq. Within her design, the photography “negative” represents her motto that through each negative, a positive outcome will appear. Overcoming her injuries, Cruz’s quest is to win a medal participating in the Special Olympics and Wounded Warrior Games. Her homeland and U.S. territory, Puerto Rico, is represented through the tropical beaches, palm trees, and blue skies embedded within her design as a reminder that we are never too far away from the comforts of home.
- The photography “negative” represents her motto that through each negative, a positive outcome will appear.
- The U.S. flag serves as a runway and represents her service in the U.S. Air Force.
- The gold emblem represents her quest to win a medal participating in the Special Olympics and Wounded Warrior Games.
- The service men saluting represent her past that will always be part of her.
- Tropical beaches, blue skies, and palm trees remind her of her home U.S. territory, Puerto Rico.
- Photography, going to the beach, writing poems, and competing help her find peace while dealing with her PTSD and other injuries.