Order Sons of Italy in America has decided to honor Jessica Wright for her service to our country and for being a prime example of Italian-American values. Jessica’s passion for her Italian heritage is apparent in her interview. The granddaughter of Italian immigrant, Jessica is proud of her roots and is grateful for the identity that they have given her!
Jessica describes what she believes it is like to “live like an Italian” by citing a few key values that her family instilled in her. Above everything, valuing family and working just as hard as you play seem to be the most important two!
Not only is Jessica a proud Italian woman, she is also an inspiration for her gender as a whole. Jessica was the first female aviator in the National Guard. She retired as a military officer in 2010 and then worked her way up to a job in the Pentagon under the secretary of defense for personnel and readiness. The “work hard, play hard” Italian values that she described earlier in her interview are clearly present in Jessica’s life work!
Jessica stresses that this award is not about her, but about “the possibilities and the opportunities that this land affords you, and particularly the military.” She then goes on to thank those who have supported her throughout her life and gives a touching thanks to her late father. Her son, Mike, has followed in his mother’s footsteps and is a captain in the army!
Jessica is a truly outstanding example of Italian-American values and we thank her for her committed service to our country!