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He never was ashamed to go anywhere with me. And he treated me just like a normal girl, and that was the most wonderful feeling, to have an attractive, masculine, nice man treat me as a woman, like I wanted to be treated. It put me at peace and gave me a feeling of self-confidence that I have never had. - about Barry Winchell
Served in Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm as a combat medic with the Navy and Marines. Was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Fleet Marine Force Ribbon, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon.