Attending a military academy: Advice from West Point cadets

Attending a military academy: Advice from West Point cadets

What is attending a military academy like? Listen to this week’s interview with Cadets Holland Pratt and Hannah Blakey. Both cadets are seniors at West Point. They also both hold leadership positions for their senior class of cadets. Cadet Holland Pratt has been named West Point’s First Captain. She is only the seventh female to attain […]

How an injury led to advocacy for women veterans

How an injury led to advocacy for women veterans

Women veterans with spinal cord injuries or disorders make up a small, but important population among women veterans. In America, women account for about 20 percent of spinal cord injuries. Among women veterans, that number shrinks to three percent. Because this cohort is so small, the Department of Veterans Affairs had not developed much in […]

Ripple Effects of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Ripple Effects of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Lorraine wanted to escape her hometown and saw the military as an option. Even though she was a member of the LGBQT+ community and knew Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was a regulation in place she determined she still wanted to serve. Don’t ask, don’t tell was repealed on September 20, 2011, less than a year […]

Transitioning out of the military: Without regrets

Transitioning out of the military: Without regrets

Transitioning out of the military: Without regrets by Cynthia Cline My Air Force career, 7 years in the making, was completely finished in a matter of minutes. I turned in my completed military separation checklists, signed a few papers, and walked out of the office officially on terminal leave.  I expected a weight to be […]

Serving as an Army Pathfinder in the National Guard

Serving as an Army Pathfinder in the National Guard

What does it take to be an Army Pathfinder? Kelly White graduated from Army Pathfinder School to become the only woman in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard to hold the certification. She began her career with the PA National Guard in 2009 after a year of school. Today she continues to serve alongside her husband […]

What is happening in Afghanistan? A reflection

What is happening in Afghanistan? A reflection

I wanted to highlight my thoughts of watching what is happening in Afghanistan with the Taliban take over Afghanistan. I debated back and forth on creating this episode. And then had second thoughts after it. Should share these personal feelings? In the end, I decided it is important for others to hear veteran voices. So […]

Postpartum Depression in the Military

Postpartum Depression in the Military

Rachal “Featherstone” Featherston is a non-binary Army veteran who served under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell from 2008 to 2010. They talk about their experience in the Army as a Military Police Officer and their transition out of the military to what she is doing today. They suffered postpartum depression after the birth of their first […]

Military Transition Experience – Looking back

Military Transition Experience – Looking back

Have you ever seen one of those cartoons where a character thinks they’re all set to head out toward a shimmering oasis of palm trees and gorgeous water and then it flashes forward to them discovering they were actually heading toward a mirage and now they’re stuck in a barren wasteland with no water or […]

How Heart Disease Changed a Military Career

How Heart Disease Changed a Military Career

Kelsey passed out while working out and the nurse practitioner decided to run a test to see if it could be related to heart disease. No one expected the results that discover she has a rare heart disease and her career in the military was over. But it was. Kelsey shares her experience in the […]

History of Military Women

The stereotype people often think of when they think of a military service member is a man. Men are the ones we have been taught to believe that fight our wars. And part of the reason people don’t know about women’s service is that for so long no one shared their stories. Things are changing. […]