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In Their Own Words

VA is building a library that documents women in the United States Armed Forces, from their significant contributions to national safety and security to the ongoing challenges faced during their service and after returning to civilian life. Click on the images below to see and hear these Stories of Service from women Veterans, in their own words.

Amy Otzel 
Amy Otzel, U.S. Army
YouTube version*†

Cindy Stivers 
Cindy Stivers, U.S. Marine Corps
YouTube version*†

Donna Barbisch 
Donna Barbisch, U.S. Army
YouTube version*†

Ginger Miller 
Ginger Miller, U.S. Navy
YouTube version*†

Lenell Kittlitz 
Lenell Kittlitz, U.S. Coast Guard
YouTube version*†

Kathy Silvia 
Kathy Silvia, U.S. Army
YouTube version*†

Dorothy Carskadon 
Dorothy Carskadon, U.S. Army Reserve
YouTube version*†

Yesenia Covarrubias 
Yesenia Covarrubias, U.S. Army Reserve
YouTube version*†

Linda Schwartz 
Linda Schwartz, U.S. Air Force
YouTube version*†

Pamela Smith-Beatty

Pamela Smith-Beatty, U.S. Air Force
YouTube version*†

Zola Ferguson

Zola Ferguson, U.S. Air Force
YouTube version*†

Peggy Mikelonis 

Peggy Mikelonis, U.S. Army Nurse Corps
YouTube version*†

Vivian Greeno

Vivian Greeno, U.S. Navy
YouTube version*†

Katrina Goldby

Katrina Goldby, U.S. Army Reserve
YouTube version*†

Brigadier General Wilma Vaught
Brigadier General Wilma Vaught, U.S. Air Force
YouTube version*†


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