"Tough Cookie" Donna McAleer with her daughter and Girl Scout Carlyn Ann. Photo by Adam Finkle.

Last spring, the Girl Scouts of Utah gave Donna McAleer their Tough Cookie Award, and as a West Point graduate and Army vet, the boot fits.  

She lives up to her tough reputation by fighting on behalf of military women. McAleer serves on the Defense Advisory Council on Women in the Service, has written on sexual assault in the military for national news outlets and was technical consultant for Invisible War, a film on the epidemic of rape in the military. “Sexual assault in any organization, particularly in the military, is a true violation of the sacred trust,” she says. 

In 2010, McAleer released her book, Porcelain on Steel: Women of West Point’s Long Gray Line, about West Point’s female graduates. 

She is running against US Rep. Rob Bishop again in the November 2014 mid term elections.

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