First Lieutenant Katie Ann Blanchard was destined to become an Army Nurse. Her mother was an Army Nurse. Her father served in the Army. She met and fell in love with an Army officer. Service was in her blood. She finally achieved her dream of becoming an Army Nurse.
Katie was always taught that she should stand up for what’s right and to adhere to and enforce the standard. That happens with Army brats sometimes. And when she went to Munson Army Health Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and became a supervisor, she did just that. She held herself and those who worked for her to the standard and expected them to be accountable for their behavior.
Katie Didn’t Feel Safe
One of Katie’s civilian employees did not take kindly to being held to the standard. He frequently lashed out at Katie when she would counsel him or try to correct his poor performance. His aggressive behavior continuously escalated to the point where Katie didn’t feel safe speaking to him alone. She asked for help and was told to bring her Army superiors “facts, not emotions.”
A week after she told her supervisors that she believed her subordinate was unstable and dangerous, he showed up at her office just after close of business. He blocked off the doorway and threw a brownish liquid on Katie. She knew it was gasoline. She got up to attempt to run and she felt a sudden burst of heat – he had lit a match and thrown it on her.
First Lieutenant Katie Blanchard Began to Fight for Her Life
From that moment, First Lieutenant Katie Blanchard began to fight for her life. She fought him. She’s fought to receive proper medical treatment. She’s fought to ensure that she and other Soldiers are treated fairly in the Warrior Transition Unit. She’s fought to help the Army and the Department of Defense keep service members safe at work.
And now she’s bringing the fight to the next level. She’s fighting to ensure that no other service member is put in this situation. For more information on Katie’s legal journey visit The Law Office of Will M. Helixon.