Fifteen years ago, Australia native Melanie Prummer arrived in America with nothing but two suitcases and $100 in her pocket. The director of Battered Persons’ Advocacy was 21 at the time. While serving as a medic in the Royal Australian Army Reserve, she had met an American serviceman from Riddle. The $100 was a gift from her grandfather, who had himself immigrated to Australia from Scotland. “He said he was proud of me for trying another country. He was a man of few words, so that was a pretty big deal,” Prummer said. Though she is no longer with the …
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