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Minnesota National Guard
From Soldier to Stylist: Woman Relishes Return to Civilian Life

PHOTO CREDIT: Times photos by Kimm Anderson, kanderson@stcloudti

Stylist Jennifer Yurczyk cuts Karen Nielsen's hair Friday at Michelle Kenric Hair Studio & Spa in Sartell Yurczyk recently returned from a two-year deployment in Iraq with the Minnesota National Guard

SARTELL - In two plastic tubs at Jennifer Yurczyk's home are all the encouraging thoughts that kept her going while serving in Iraq

While she was away on a two-year deployment with the Minnesota National Guard, her coworkers at Michelle Kenric Hair Studi & Spa collected cards for her with messages from clients who came to the Sartell salon

"Words can't describe what that meant to me," she said

Now Yurczyk is thanking those people in person since she started back at work earlier this month She returned home from Iraq in July and said returning to the salon is "wonderful"

"I've made my rounds," she said of seeing family and friends again She's looking forward to seeing her old clients again

While in Iraq Yurczyk, 30, worked in the mess hall She said she was a small part of something larger, but she likes that in the salon she can make a big difference to her clients

Yurczyk, who gave haircuts while deployed, said being away taught her that life is too short and how important it is for her clients to take time for themselves

"I want them to have everything," she said

The transition from warrior to citizen has gone much better than Yurczyk said she thought it would Her family and friends have been supportive

She also has a friend with whom she served, and the two have been together for about half of their weekends since they've been home

For the first time since she's been home, Yurczyk spent Saturday with the Soldiers she served with They had their 30-day reintegration meeting in Bloomington

Yurczyk has been in the Minnesota National Guard for 13 years and decided not to re-enlist after her deployment She said she's happy to be home with her husband Tim and celebrate their upcoming 10-year anniversary

"I'm done," she said "I'm ready to move on"

By Kari Petrie, St Cloud Times
Article source: http://www.sctimes.com

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