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“Once Upon A Time I Had The Honor Of Serving My Country”: Did You Know Torrei Hart Is A Veteran?

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 24: Actress Torrei Hart attends the PrettyLittleThing x Ashley Graham Event at Delilah on September 24, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)

Today is Veterans Day, and while many of us have a relative who served in the armed forces whom we think of on holidays like this, there are a number of well-known people who are military veterans who you may not think about. We’ve done lists in the past on all sorts of folks, including stars like Shaggy and Morgan Freeman. But people often overlook the Black women who served. Torrei Hart is one of them.

In a post celebrating the holiday, the 40-year-old mom reminisced about her time in the Army in the caption of a photo of her in uniform.

“HAPPY VETERANS DAY to all,” she wrote. “Once upon a time I had the honor of serving my country. I’m not a war hero or anything but it sure felt good to get discharged with an honorable mention. Much love and respect to all my fellow vets. And yes my last name was SKIPPER I done heard every joke there is who wants to add some more? And let the jokes begin….”

HAPPY VETERANS DAY to all. Once upon a time I had the honor of serving my country. I’m not a war hero or anything but it sure felt good to get an honorable discharge. Much love and respect to all my fellow vets. And yes my last name was SKIPPER I done heard every joke there is who wants to add some more? And let the jokes begin…..? . . . . . . #veteransday #soldier #vets #torreihart #army #hoorah #skipper

A post shared by Torrei Hart (@torreihart) on Nov 12, 2018 at 8:18am PST

She was honorably discharged from the Army before she decided to enroll in community college in Philadelphia. During her studies, she met her future husband, Kevin Hart.

Eniko hasn’t had the opportunity to talk very much about her time in the army publicly (instead, she’s often asked to speak about her ex-husband, of course), but she’s been firing guns since she was a young adult. That’s the reason she’s a fan of gun ranges, even taking her son Hendrix with her to one.

“His favorite game is ‘Call of Duty’ so I wanted him to feel some live action,” Torrei told Page Six. “I’m an army vet so I have been shooting guns since I was 19. I want to teach him weapon protection and safety at a young age.”

She isn’t the only one with fond memories of her time in the military. Food Network personality Sunny Anderson who was in the Air Force from 1993 until her honorable discharge in 1997 said she would “do it all over again” — with the help of care packages and letters from loved ones and supporters. That’s what helped her get through it all the first time:

I’d do it all over again. This is Issac, his mommy Jessica sent this to me via DM …and it shot straight to my ❤. A special thanks to anyone that sends packages and letters to service members abroad. 25 years ago this week I got one in Seoul, South Korea from a family I didn’t know in Michigan, …the Iafrate’s (where are they!?). They kept my spirits up, and we wrote letters for years. They made me feel like what I chose as my 1st career was important to them, just like young Issac here. Yep, I’d do it all over again. In a millisecond. Happy Veteran’s day to my fellow vets, I hope you’re doing ok and finding a way as a civilian. It’s crazy out here!?

A post shared by Sunny Anderson (@sunnyanderson) on Nov 11, 2018 at 3:33pm PST

And who could forget Dr. Contessa Metcalfe, Married to Medicine star and a veteran of the naval forces? She joined the Navy after graduating from medical school, and during her service, became a flight surgeon and even flew some planes. She shared an image of herself in front of an aircraft, with a few hashtags, to honor the day:

#neverforget #navygirl #blackdoctors #patriotism #marriedtomedicine #married2med #married2medicine

A post shared by Contessa Metcalfe, M.D. (@drcontessa) on Nov 10, 2018 at 11:42pm PST

We tip our hats to these women, and all of the many other everyday women (and men, too) who were in the armed forces at any point. Thank you for your service!