Leander Widow To Speak At The Democratic National Convention Tonight
On night three of the Democratic National Convention the speakers list will include Jamie Dorff from the Austin suburb of Leander. Jaime lost her husband, Army helicopter pilot Patrick Dorff, 12-years-ago when he was on a search and rescue mission in Iraq. Their daughter was three at the time.
Jaime will tell the story of how, then Senator Hillary Clinton of New York worked with Republicans and Democrats to increase the gratuity paid to family members of fallen veterans from $12,000 to $100,000.
“During that time-frame I wasn’t thinking. I was grieving; I was in so much pain. But somebody else, so many miles away took it upon herself to bring it to light. You know what I mean? Someone actually had a voice on my behalf," Dorff says.
It allowed her to spend more time raising her daughter as a single mother.
“Now I’m in school. I’m getting my bachelors of science in health sciences, but gearing towards emergency crisis management," she says.
You can hear Jamie Dorff’s speech tonight at the DNC.