Leedoosh Nersesian traveled across the world to present the City Council with an American flag on Tuesday.
It wasn't just any flag. The flag flew over the Green Zone, the headquarters for American and allied operations in Baghdad, where Nersesian was serving as civilian translator for the U.S. Army.
A native of Baghdad, Nersesian was 20 when she left for safety in Italy and helped relocate her family and others to the United States. Her family arrived in Glendale in October 1981.
Nersesian is home on a two-week break before returning to Baghdad, where she hopes to wrap up her work by March.
"Then I want to take a break for a couple of months, enjoy time with my family," she said.
Up next: Afghanistan. Nersesian — fluent in English, Arabic and Armenian — has applied for a job serving alongside coalition troops.