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Why I Give: Stories on Volunteering, Giving Back (Demietrice Pittman)

Two of Army Maj. Demietrice Pittman's troop members pay attention during a recent Girl Scout event. (Photo courtesy of Pittman)

When people hear “Superwoman,” the words justice and strength may come to mind. This cherished comic book character positively affects the lives of those she encounters, but who’s to say she isn’t real? This is the second article in a four-part series that shares how four superwomen change lives and take on unique, yet rewarding, challenges as they offer their time as community volunteers.

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Through her career in the Army, Maj. Demietrice Pittman has traveled the world, but that didn’t prepare her for one of the most anticipated times of year.

“It’s cookie season! It’s always a great time of year for my troop,” said Pittman, a clinical psychologist who is the implementation science team chief at the Deployment Health Clinical Center. “The girls are excited and ready to have fun, which is the most important thing.”

Pittman started Girl Scout Troop 2916 in Gaithersburg, Maryland, when her daughter expressed a desire to be a girl scout. After realizing the closest troop was in another district, she took matters into her own hands.

“I could have had my daughter go after school to the other location, but it wasn’t just about that,” Pittman said. “I wanted other young girls her age to reap the benefits of being part of something like the Girl Scouts.”

In addition to being a scout leader, this year Pittman is president of the school’s parent-teacher association.

“It is important for teachers and parents to stay connected because at the end of the day it’s all about the students achieving their best, so I make time to be present and work my hardest,” she said.

Pittman is not shy about being active in her community. She’s also volunteered with Joining Forces, the United Services Organization, and many others.

As a dual-service military couple, Pittman and her husband strive to impart the Army’s seven core values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage to their loved ones.

“I grew up in a house of love and my father always made sure we understood the importance of loving everyone around us,” she said. “I want my children to see that it’s always possible to give a bit of you to others. It doesn’t take much to brighten someone’s day and in many ways you become mentally and physically happy.”

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