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Month: March 2018

#TransThriving Through Adversity

My name is Mak Vaden, and I am a 30 year old transgender soldier with 12 years of honorable service and am still serving on active duty orders in the National Guard. I enlisted in 2006 after my first year of college and went into the reserves, shortly thereafter transferring to active duty until 2010 when…

Warrior Spirit Service

By: Haliehana “Alagum Ayagaa” Stepetin My dad raised me to hunt, fish, and hike, camp, build fires, and drive a skiff. He taught me to cast a line on the beach, take the hook out of a fish mouth, slide my fingers under the gills, crack the neck and bleed it. He taught me to…

Bridging the Gap ~ Vanessa Jenkins

The miles that separate us causes my heart to pound Every beat is synchronized with the chimes from your heart. The miles that separate us form a bridge that is endless…bending….curving.. Winding across the continent like a gentle whisper……shhhh.. Bridging two worlds….two cultures….two families…..into one unit…. Bound by determination and love. The miles that separate…

Call Sign Newt: Reclaiming the Veteran Identity

By: Katherine Pratt I knew that I was always going to serve in the military, but I never thought I would be a veteran.  Veterans were people like my dad, who served over 20 years and had insane declassified stories that were standards at the holiday dinner table.  Or they wore hats and jackets displaying…

Feminism!? Who needs that crap?

By: Amber Mathwig In late January of 2012, I was 29 years old and just beginning my first on campus college experience. I was excited for college. I was excited to be leaving the military after 10 very long years. I purposefully wore sweatpants and tie-dyed arm warmers most of the first month of classes…

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