Ms. Hamdan will be discharged on Dec. 15. She is unsure of what the future holds. She may stay in Texas and look for a job. She may no longer wear a hijab in public. All she knows is that she is different now, and no less a Muslim for it. "I can face men," she said. "I can fight. I can talk. I don't keep it inside." She thought for a moment. "I changed myself," she said. "I'm a new Fadwa. Strong female. I like this."
Jason Zengerle