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After Combat, A Veteran Finds Solace In Sheep Farming

Mickey Willenbring tends to one of her Navajo-Churro sheep at Dot Ranch in Scio, Ore. Source: Tim Herrera

Army veteran Sgt. Mickey Willenbring has always been a fighter. She grew up shuffling between homes — with her parents on the West Coast, with family on Native American reservations in the upper Midwest and within the foster care system across the country — during an adolescence she describes as sometimes violent.

But the military struck Willenbring as a way to channel the aggression she says built up

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