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April is the month of the military child and Cathy wrote a children’s book from her daughter’s experience of being a soldier’s daughter called "Mya the Soldier’s Daughter." In 2017, Cathy deployed to Afghanistan and had her daughter stay with her sister in Canada. It was a hard year for both her daughter and her mom. They both grew through their experience and the book "Mya the Solider’s Daughter" covers some of the challenges Mya faced in the year of being separated.
The last embrace before the separation. The goodbye before the deployment. Whether it’s a brief training exercise or an extended deployment, it feels similar. Sending your favorite person off to an important mission. Not knowing exactly when they’ll be home or how they’ll return. That’s a spouse’s perspective. But what about a military kid’s perspective?
My grandmother, Elaine Danforth Harmon, was one of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (“WASP”) during World War II, the first group of female pilots to fly for the United States armed forces. The WASP flew from 1942 to 1944. Thirty-eight WASP gave their lives in service to the United States of America.
From Secret Squirrel to Wordsmith - Airman to Mom Sarah joined the military as a way to pay for college using the ROTC program. She got her degree in a foreign language and was hoping to use her skills as an Intel Officer, but found out instead there would be a lot of public speaking which she didn’t like.
What do you know about serving in the Reserves? You might think it requires one weekend a month and two weeks a year, but truthfully, that is only the beginning of your military service. Often times it requires a lot more. Cynthia shares her experience of spending most of her career in the Reserves and how she got the title as “manned day queen.”
Janell was interested in serving in the military and she began her journey to the military through the Civil Air Patrol program. Once she began the Civil Air Patrol, she knew she wanted to serve in the military and set her sights on attending a military academy. Initially, she wanted to attend the Air Force Academy, but as she began talking to her senator, she was encouraged to look at all the Academies. As she began looking into other options the Marine Corps grabbed her attention.
While Ashleigh was stuck on a deployment in the middle of the ocean, she struggled with depression. She decided she needed to make a change. With nowhere to go and only work to do she decided to start focusing on what she ate. Saying no to the fried food and yes to the healthier option. This one choice led her to change her life and now she runs a coaching business to help other military women.
There is this stereotype about military life. That when you are in the military physical fitness is required on a daily basis. And I guess in some ways it is true. But for me military life was not a road map to fitness directly. It took time for me to find the balance. And surprisingly enough when I was in military and meeting their basic physical fitness requirements. I often was at my least healthy points. #fitness #military #veteran
Lila Holley is the multiple award-winning, Amazon bestselling visionary author behind the Camouflaged Sisters book series. This US Army Veteran honorably served 22 years on Active Duty and since retiring has helped 93 women become published authors, sharing their stories with the world. Lila is on a mission to empower storytellers to take ownership of their narrative and provide a safe space for them to share their stories.
Things that are a normal part of life can bring veterans back to war. Loud noises are a common sound that reminds veterans of war. Fourth of July can be especially difficult. Hear Laura's story of her struggle with PTSD. #ptsd #military #deployment #mentalhealth #veteran #veteranissues #womanveteran #iraqwar
What was it like to deploy to Iraq as the war kicked off? Laura was the first wave of the invasion after the Marines. She talked about the whole experience in her book Sirens: How to Pee Standing Up which is based on the journal she kept while deployed overseas. #deployment #iraq #militarywomen #womenveteran #deploymentstories #militarylife #ptsd #mentalhealth