Everyone faces adversity in life. How an individual deals with that adversity determines the course their life will follow. Specialist Ashley Hawkins, U.S. Army (Retired), has dealt with more than her share of adversity, yet she’s never let it define her. Instead, she confronts it head on and overcomes it, always looking toward a better future. This unwavering determination resulted in her being the first female soldier in U.S. history to be awarded the Bronze Star with a “V” for valor in combat. This is her story.
Welcome to Episode 20 of the Voices to Veterans podcast. This episode features the story of Private First Class Sue (Van Meter) Hodge, U.S. Army.As a kid growing up in Oklahoma, Sue watched her older brothers serve in the Army and the Air Force and wanted desperately to join the military, too. She didn’t know, […]
Welcome to Episode 17 of the Voices to Veterans podcast. This episode features the story of Airman Ronnie Turner-Winston, U.S. Air Force.Ronnie has an engaging and humorous story. She enlisted in the Air Force with no prior exposure to the military or idea of what to expect. As a result, her Basic Training got off […]
It takes courage to enlist in the military. Once you raise your right hand and take the oath to serve and defend the Constitution, you must go wherever the military says you are needed most. When the nation is at war, that need could very well be in a war zone where your life is at risk. Such is the case with Specialist Andrea Marshall, who enlisted in the Army in 2008. Four years later, she found herself assigned as a combat medic at a Forward Operating Base in Afghanistan. This is Andrea’s story.
Welcome to Episode 14 of the Voices to Veterans podcast. This episode features the story of Tech Sergeant Susie Goebel, U.S. Air Force (Retired). Susie joined the Air Force in 1980, following in her father’s footsteps. She went to boot camp just four years after women were able to enlist on the same basis as […]
For Sergeant Alice Gallop West, service to country and community did not end with her time in the Army—it began there. From working with the families of deployed soldiers, to giving victims and witnesses of crimes a voice in the military criminal justice system, Alice has worked tirelessly to help people and communities heal. At […]
Welcome to Episode 4 of the Voices to Veterans podcast. This month features the incredibly inspiring story of Staff Sergeant Vanessa Lawicki Vaché, U.S. Air Force. Vanessa’s story is one you will want to share with your kids. When others told her she wasn’t good enough, she worked hard and proved them wrong. Her success […]
Welcome to Episode 2 of the Voices to Veterans podcast. This month features the story of a trailblazing woman in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1st Lieutenant Iris Nigg Lundin. Iris was one of the first female officers in the Marine Corps in World War II and one of the first four women to earn her […]
I met Private First Class (PFC) Sue (Van Meter) Hodge after she read an article about when veterans are permitted to salute the American flag. Sue was ecstatic after learning that because she is a veteran, she can salute the flag she so willingly served as a member of the Women’s Army Corps, or WACs, […]
Airman Ronnie Turner-Winston, U.S. Air Force, is the kind of veteran I have always admired. She enlisted in the Air Force, served her country in time of war, then returned to civilian life where she serves as a role model for everyone she comes into contact with. She had me laughing and smiling as she […]