U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kayla Jerido, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron fire protection apprentice, and her mother, Angei Jerido, smile for a photo at Cooper Beach, New York, Dec. 13, 2011. At a very young age, Jerido learned how to fight for what is important, after seeing her mother overcome a disability. Since then, Jerido credits her mother’s strength and her faith in God to have brought her through the toughest of times. (Courtesy photo)