Amanda Burrill is from Maine, attended Boston University (Navy ROTC), and was commissioned into the Navy in May 2002. At Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, Rhode Island, she was further trained in navigation, combat systems and ammunition administration, before checking aboard her ship in San Diego. By early January 2003, she was deployed.
She served two tours in the surface Navy, deploying to Iraq, Kuwait, and around the Pacific Rim and serving as both a Surface Officer and Rescue Swimmer. She traded coveralls and wetsuit for fatigues, serving two tours with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group One (EODGRU ONE). After being honorably discharged, she joined the active reserves for two tours, separating completely in April of 2010.
As a civilian, Amanda pivoted to where her interests and capabilities overlapped. She obtained a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu and MS from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
Amanda enjoys pushing the boundaries of human performance in endurance sports as a former ironman triathlete and current outdoor enthusiast and mountaineer. Physicality is dear to her, as it was her outlet during the 13 years she dealt with medical misdiagnosis and the fallout and sequelae thereof.
Her mission is to remove barriers faced by service members and veterans with unseen physical medical issues, particularly females. Women reporting significant physical yet unseen symptoms go un- or misdiagnosed at a higher rate than their male counterparts and are more often given mental health diagnosis. Misdiagnosis can lead to actual mental health issues, all the while, the physical issue is never addressed. These cases need to be sought out, as the veteran is often in a holding pattern of medication, potentially not being treated for the condition he or he is diagnosed with. Others discontinue treatment that is ineffective yet remain on medication. Mental health medication and combinations thereof have devastating consequences when abused or misused.