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Tara Hutch Fine Jewelry's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLdeMgaOC3RgL5ui2KFCxDA
I was on the Today Show in 2010: http://www.today.com/id/26184891/vp/34686890#34686890
In 2011 I was asked to be on the Dr. Oz show. I didn’t get a chance to talk about my business, but it has a great outlook on my story. I’m in part 3: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/women-frontlines-war-pt-1
An article including me about Near Death Experiences: http://sawoman.com/2015/11/a-brush-with-death-opens-minds-and-hearts/
A picture of my surfing on Long Beach in 2010: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tara_Hutchinson_Surfs_During_the_Long_Beach_Waterfront_Warriors_Beach_Day.jpg
Another article about the surfing: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/long-beach-kicks-off-wounded-warriors-program-1.2137298
An article about the Veteran’s Grant: http://instoremag.com/shine-press/wja-announces-2016-female-veteran-grant-winner
An article about my biz in an online magazine called Centurion Jewelry: http://news.centurionjewelry.com/articles/view/jewelry-restores-wounded-warriors-life
An article about my biz in The Retail Jeweler 2015: http://www.donnamphelan.com/images/content/the-retail-jeweler-may-2015.pdf
An article that includes me skiing in the Aspen Daily News: http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/138241
My GoFundMe Campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/tarahutchjewelry
Tara Hutchinson was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She attended 2 years of college as a criminal justice major, and enlisted in the Army in January of 2000. She attended training at Ft Leonard Wood, MO and was stationed at Ft Bragg North Carolina and Camp Humphries, Korea. She was stationed at Ft Leonard Wood, MO when she deployed to Iraq in January of 2006. While in Iraq, SFC Hutchinson was involved in an IED attack on Valentine’s Day 2006 where she subsequently lost her right leg above the knee, and suffered a third-degree burn on her left leg. Because of the amount of blood she lost during the attack, she died and before she could fully be resuscitated, she was pronounced dead again. The 20 minutes her brain was without oxygen resulted in a brain injury that manifested itself as a movement disorder. After stops throughout Europe and Washington D.C., SFC Hutchinson was finally sent to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas for physical rehabilitation, where she currently resides. Because of her movement disorder, the balance issues that were caused by her brain injury, and the short length of her residual limb, she has had difficulties walking and is currently in a wheelchair.
In late 2006, Tara’s occupational therapist suggested she take up a hobby that used her fine motor skills to help her gain control of her movement disorder, so she started making jewelry. This led to an immense interest in this field, and she soon amassed a library of books, magazines and DVD’s on jewelry making techniques. Over time, her style evolved into an eclectic mix of contemporary and urban jewelry with extraordinary attention to detail. She specializes in silver and gold work, gemstone setting, chasing and repouseè. Tara shows her work through her website, www.tarahutchjewelry.com, and at fine art and craft shows.
Tara was medically retired from the Army in January 2010. Since her injury, she has skied, sailed and completed two hand cycle marathons. She has 1 dog and 3 cats, and is currently the owner and chief creative talent of her jewelry design and manufacturing business, Tara Hutch Fine Jewelry. She currently has a collection in development to honor the lives of the post 9/11 fallen female military members.