Female Veteran Issues: It isn’t the same

Female veteran issues are diverse. It isn’t the same as being a male veteran. It is challenging and taxing. Regularly women find themselves misunderstood just by saying, “I am a veteran.” And while everyone’s experience when they leave the military is different. There are certain aspects that make the challenge of being a woman who […]

Finding Mental Health Services for Veterans

Finding Mental Health Services for Veterans

This episode was created in partnership with the Steven A Cohen Military Family Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania. The Cohen Veteran Network seeks to provide mental health services for veterans. They serve post 9/11 veterans, active duty (with a Tricare referral), and their family members. CVN works to help strengthen mental health among the […]

Losing a team member while deployed

Losing a team member while deployed

What is it like to experience losing a team member while deployed? Stacie opened up and shared about the loss of four members on her Panjshir PRT in 2009. We also covered the topics of PTSD, mental health, and moving forward. Thank you to Blue Star Families for supporting the Women of the Military podcast! […]

Military Service to Civilian: Making Peace in the Chasm Between

Military Service to Civilian: Making Peace in the Chasm Between

By: Crystal McFadden, LPC There will never be two identical stories shared by military veterans about any situation. Especially, regarding their transition from military service to civilian life. Each story of service and transition is unique. It can be in the variance of difficulty. Or the momentum of success (or lack thereof), and the level […]

Serving in the Royal Australian Air Force

Serving in the Royal Australian Air Force

What is it like to serve in the Royal Australian Air Force? Check out this week’s Women of the Military podcast episode where I talk to Jodi Allen about her experience of serving in the Royal Australian Air Force for fourteen years and what she is doing today to help veterans. Although we are from […]

From Women’s Army Corps to Operation Desert Storm

From Women’s Army Corps to Operation Desert Storm

Pennylee Deere began her military service in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) and served in Desert Storm/Desert Shield. Her career spans 20 years, from 1975 -1995. It was interesting to hear her experience having begun her service as part of the WAC and then transferring over to the US Army in 1978. She also shared […]

Military Family Lifestyle Survey with Blue Star Families

Military Family Lifestyle Survey with Blue Star Families

Have you taken the Military Family Lifestyle Survey with Blue Star Families? The survey is officially open between now and June 6th. If you are a service member, veteran, National Guard/Reserve, or family member please take the time to have your voice heard. As an added bonus five survey recipients will win $100 gift cards. […]

Effects of Being a Military Child

Effects of Being a Military Child

A mom in the military is all too familiar with the ways her job impacts her children. And we fear the effects of being a military child can be negative. We have a whole month celebrating our dandelion children in April. And military kids find ways to flourish despite the challenges they face. We are […]

Finding Healing through Mindful Meditation

Finding Healing through Mindful Meditation

How powerful is mindful meditation practice? Listen to Debra’s military story to see the positive impact meditation had on her life. She was raped while deployed to Iraq. Her leadership knew something was wrong but didn’t know what to do. She was sent to a treatment center where she experienced another traumatic event. After that […]