Because Latina women in military uniforms are rarely seen in news stories, because the average American doesn't think of a Latina servicewoman when he/she hears the word "military veteran," I wrote this piece to shine the light on several who have served with distinction and those who have died while serving.
My advocacy has taken many forms but is mostly based on doing what sexual abusers hate the most. I talk about it because I have learned that doing so is the most immediate and effective way to unempower abusers.
While deployed to the Middle East as a white, male officer, I lived and worked as a member of the privileged majority. However, after acknowledging my female identity, I suddenly found myself in one of the most exclusive and marginalized clubs in the U.S.
This Women's History Month, it's worth remembering that women have served in the United States military since its very inception -- and in nearly every conflict thereafter.
The best thing is to recognize it, not ignore it and confront it gracefully. I believe the best way to do that is by pushing forward to accomplish your personal goals in spite of these backward-looking opinions. And there's one more thing we can do... apply an effective anecdote.
What I really want is for women to be part of the story from the outset, and for the world to know that they've been there all along. It's been a long time coming, for women to openly serve, but it's also part of a deep-seated tradition in this country.
Women veterans need the opportunity to talk and socialize with other veterans who can understand and relate to their own experiences. Imagine the impact if each one of us would take the challenge of paying it forward to a fellow woman veteran transitioning.
When I wrote about two World War II heroes a couple of years ago, I mentioned that America was losing approximately 1,000 World War II Veterans eac...
Let's take this opportunity Disney has created to excite our children with planes, with the magic and fun that is aviation and let's really plant the seeds of curiosity about airplanes with books after the movie ends.
Despite more than half a century of evidence of women's intellectual competence and leadership capacity, some men continue to try to perpetrate the feminine mystique of women's inherent inferiority in the professions.
Illinois Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Sarah J. Campbell with her children in Rochester, Ill., May 6, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jesse Houk...
Is "military justice" for women an oxymoron? I hope not, but this has been an eye-opening week about the culture of violence against women in the military.
33 years after women first graduated West Point, we know what women can do. If the Army is ever to "be all that we can be," we need to stop marginalizing women.
Between watching Homeland and Zero Dark Thirty, you could be forgiven for thinking our nation's defense and counterterrorism operations are run by rail thin, whip-smart blonde women and a cadre of loyal but less brilliant men.
Serving in the military taught me a number of skills that have been essential to my success since I reentered the civilian world.
We're never going to get rid of all sexual assault in the military any more than we can get rid of it in civilian life. As long as it's out here, it's going to be in there. But the military is a controlled environment and your behavior is watched and dictated.