Aundrea is a US Army Reserve Captain, and prior US Air Force Active Duty Airmen. After redeploying from Afghanistan in 2011 and while a patient at Walter Reed, Aundrea, began reviewingmedical records for other Service Members to help determine eligibility for medical care at Military Treatment Facilities.
After numerous referrals, a manageable treatment schedule, the support of the Red Cross and the Walter Reed Military and Civilian staff, Aundrea became a full-time volunteer Transition Service Officer (TSO) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) for the full spectrum of Uniformed Service Members (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Commissioned Officer Corps) that are in various stages of medical treatment or transition.
She plays an integral role in working with Service Members, Family Members, Treatment Teams and Community Advocates to develop transition strategies based on the growing needs for comprehensive transition plans that incorporate the long-term needs and quality of life for the service member based in part on the service connected injuries and illnesses, the goals of the Service Member and the many resources available to them. One of her most consistent referrals remains The Dog Tag Bakery Fellowship.
Aundrea's last transition plan for 2016 was her own. As a result of her awareness of the growing need for uniformed service member benefit advocacy and transition planning, and the unique background to be able to meet that need, Aundrea decided to apply for her ownDog Tag Inc. Fellowship to support the goal of making her Uniformed Service Members' Assistance Center (USMAC) proposal into a real working entity.