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King George woman who lost her leg and her vision after service in Bosnia has shared her story across the nation.

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Date published: 11/12/2012

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Smith's options are more limited after her vision loss, but as she's regained her strength from the last episode, she's focused more on public speaking than sporting events.

Offers have snowballed.

She's done fashion shows featuring amputees, an episode of "Project Runway" for female veterans public-service announcements for Toyota as well as Canines for Veterans.

That's the group that provided her with her service dog, Isaac, her "best friend" for almost three years. Isaac was rescued from a shelter, trained by Marines serving time in military jail, then awarded to veterans.

Smith believes Isaac got a second chance, like she did.

As long as she's able, Smith will travel the country to speak wherever she's invited. She recently visited Cincinnati, where she was recognized by the USO, an organization that provides programs and entertainment to U.S. troops.

"Leslie has a way of energizing everyone lucky enough to be in a room with her," said Anne Kereiakes, co-chairwoman of the Cincinnati event. "She leaves a lasting impression."

Cathy Dyson: 540/374-5425
Email: cdyson@freelancestar.com


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