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The Female Veterans Podcast was created as a platform to raise awareness of the unique issues that face female heroes who serve and allow their diverse stories to be heard. Each episode features a "girl talk" style, real conversation. We document what it was like to serve, the transition out of active duty service, life as a veteran and how to make civilian life successful. The goal is to help other women by sharing our experiences - good or bad. This podcast is the first production of Magnum Opus Multimedia LLC. Our mission is to share female veteran stories and serve the community.

The Female Veterans Podcast Magnum Opus Multimedia LLC

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 124 Ratings

The Female Veterans Podcast was created as a platform to raise awareness of the unique issues that face female heroes who serve and allow their diverse stories to be heard. Each episode features a "girl talk" style, real conversation. We document what it was like to serve, the transition out of active duty service, life as a veteran and how to make civilian life successful. The goal is to help other women by sharing our experiences - good or bad. This podcast is the first production of Magnum Opus Multimedia LLC. Our mission is to share female veteran stories and serve the community.

    Air Force Veteran And Author of Becoming Her: How to Become A Survivor - Ashton's Story Comes With A Trigger Warning

    Air Force Veteran And Author of Becoming Her: How to Become A Survivor - Ashton's Story Comes With A Trigger Warning

    About Our Episode: The Female Veterans Podcast is ranked in the top 100 for mental health podcasts for veterans! In this compelling episode, we speak with Ashton, who was born into a military family with both parents serving in the Air Force. Despite her lineage, Ashton’s path was fraught with challenges from the very start. Join us as she shares her raw and honest story, from grueling bootcamp experiences to the trials she faced during her service.

    🌟 Episode Highlights:


    Military Family Beginnings: Ashton recounts her unique upbringing at the Air Force Academy, with two service member parents, and how it contrasted with the realities she faced in her own career.


    Bootcamp Struggles: We dive into Ashton’s intense bootcamp experiences, including the extreme measures of discipline such as marching until they “peed on themselves.”


    Overseas Deployment: Ashton shares her harrowing experience being caught in the London riots of 2011 and the challenges she faced overseas.


    Persecution and Struggles: Hear Ashton’s in-depth discussion on feeling persecuted at her first duty station, including the traumatic experience of being drugged with MDMA and labeled as “an alcoholic slut” for seeking solace in dancing.


    Alcohol and Military Culture: We explore why alcohol plays such a significant role in military culture and Ashton’s perspectives on its impact.


    Personal Tragedies: Ashton opens up about the suicide of a friend, the subsequent impact on her life, and the turmoil within her squadron.


    Surviving Sexual Assault: Ashton bravely discusses her experiences with sexual assault, including a gang assault, and the devastating aftermath that nearly broke her.


    Transitioning Out: Discover why Ashton chose to leave the military, her journey towards healing, and how it led to her writing her empowering book, “Becoming Her: How To Become A Survivor.”



    💪 Key Takeaways:


    Gain insights into the unique challenges faced by female veterans from a military family background.
    Understand the impact of intense bootcamp experiences and overseas deployments.
    Learn about the prevalence and effects of alcohol in military culture.
    Hear a powerful story of surviving sexual assault and finding healing and resilience.
    Explore the transition from military life to writing and advocacy.

    📌 Hashtags: #FemaleVeteransPodcast #MilitaryLife #MentalHealth #VeteranStories #HealingJourney

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Amanda's Journey of Strength And Resilience After Harassment

    Amanda's Journey of Strength And Resilience After Harassment

    👤 About Our Episode:

    In this powerful episode of The Female Veterans Podcast, we sit down with Amanda, a former Marine who served from 1994 to 2002. Amanda chose the Marine Corps for their polished appearance and prestige, and she shares her profound and often harrowing experiences during her service. Join us as Amanda opens up about her journey, from bootcamp to her life after the military, offering deep insights and advice for other female veterans.



    🌟 Episode Highlights:



    1. **Choosing the Marines:** Amanda reveals why she was drawn to the Marine Corps, highlighting the polished appearance and prestige that attracted her to this branch of the military.



    2. **Bootcamp and Duty Stations:** Amanda shares candid stories from bootcamp, including her desire to remain invisible and the crazy things she witnessed. She provides detailed accounts of her experiences at various duty stations.



    3. **Facing Harassment and Assault:** Amanda bravely discusses her experiences with sexual harassment and assault by a predator within the military, detailing the profound impact these events had on her career and personal life.



    4. **The Healing Journey:** The importance of therapy in Amanda's healing process is emphasized, showcasing how it has helped her navigate life as a veteran.



    5. **Transitioning to Civilian Life:** We explore Amanda's challenges in fitting into civilian life, particularly in understanding corporate behaviors that differ from military culture.



    6. **Advice for Female Veterans:** Amanda wraps up the episode with heartfelt advice for other female veterans, sharing wisdom and encouragement from her own journey.



    💪 Key Takeaways:



    - Understand the unique challenges and experiences faced by female Marines.

    - Recognize the importance of therapy and support in the healing process for veterans.

    - Gain insights into transitioning from military to civilian life and navigating corporate environments.

    - Receive valuable advice and encouragement from a fellow female veteran.



    📌 Connect with and follow Amanda on Instagram: @ampalmer75

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Dawn's Courage Amidst Chaos: One Female Army Veteran's Shocking Experiences

    Dawn's Courage Amidst Chaos: One Female Army Veteran's Shocking Experiences

    You've got to listen until the end for this one! In this episode of the Female Veterans Podcast, I chat with Dawn, a former United States Army soldier with a decade of service under her belt. From her military upbringing to navigating the trials of bootcamp while injured, Dawn shares her harrowing journey through the ranks, shedding light on the challenges faced by female veterans. From difficulties in AIT to being stationed at the infamous Ft. Hood as her first duty station, Dawn is open and candid about the difficulties she faced while serving in the military, like watching people be killed and how she has overcame them.



    Key Points:

    1. Dawn's upbringing in a military family laid the foundation for her own service in the Army. Military family, army upbringing, military tradition



    2. Surviving Bootcamp: Despite facing injury, Dawn persevered through bootcamp, sharing the gritty reality of her experience. Bootcamp survival, overcoming injury, military training



    3. Nightmare in AIT and Iraq: Dawn opens up about the challenges she encountered during her time in Advanced Individual Training (AIT) and the coping mechanisms she adopted in Iraq to maintain her sanity. AIT struggles, Iraq deployment, coping mechanisms



    4. Facing Reality: We delve into the issues female veterans confront, including the truth behind the rumors surrounding Fort Hood, echoed by tragic stories like those of Vanessa Guillen and Denisha Montgomery. Female veterans' issues, Fort Hood rumors, tragic stories.



    5. Leadership and Experience: Dawn reflects on the impact of bad leadership and the transformative experience she found at her final duty station, realizing the military dream she'd long pursued. Leadership impact, duty station experience, military dream.



    6. Balancing Act: From getting married and divorced while serving to navigating single motherhood during deployment, Dawn discusses the unique challenges faced by women in the military. Military marriage, single motherhood, deployment challenges.



    7. Deployments: Dawn shares her experiences working at a detention center in Iraq post-9/11, shedding light on the complexities of serving in a volatile environment. Overseas deployment, detention center duty, post-9/11 service



    8. Transitioning Out: With her military career behind her, Dawn discusses her decision to transition out and the factors that influenced this choice. Military transition, career end, life after service.



    9. Future Plans and Advice: Finally, Dawn offers insight into her future plans and imparts valuable advice for female veterans navigating their own journeys. Future aspirations, veteran advice, life after military



    Join us as we embark on Dawn's remarkable journey from the trenches of bootcamp to the triumphs of civilian life, offering inspiration and guidance to female veterans everywhere.



    Call To Action:

    Thank you for tuning in to this episode of the Female Veterans Podcast. Don't forget to subscribe to our channel for more empowering stories and insights from women who've served the country in the armed forces. Follow on Instagram @thefemaleveteranspodcast. You can now listen on CHW Streaming Radio. Download from your app store. Go to www.thefemaleveteranspodcast.com to be added to the mailing list for the new newsletter.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    A Female Veteran's Journey To Self Love After A Chaotic Military Experience

    A Female Veteran's Journey To Self Love After A Chaotic Military Experience

    On this best podcast episode of 2024, Victoria shares her story. We discuss her military experience, assualts, trauma of a very challenging deployment and the impact it had on her family. She shares how her military experience changed her into a monster, and her long journey to heal herself and her family. I learn how gardening transformed her, and how she is helping other veterans learn to heal through gardening.

    Call To Action:

    Share this episode with others who might find these stories and insights inspiring and stay tuned for future episodes from The Female Veterans Podcast. Don't forget to follow the podcast on Instagram @thefemaleveterans podcast and subscribe on YouTube search for The Female Veterans podcast.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Transmuting Grief: A Special Episode of the Female Veterans Podcast with Lola

    Transmuting Grief: A Special Episode of the Female Veterans Podcast with Lola

    In this very special episode of The Female Veterans Podcast, I am joined by Lola, who is doing some incredible work for the veteran community. Lola shares her experience facilitating veteran women's indigenous healing circles and discusses the upcoming event - a female veterans grief retreat. She highlights the constant presence of grief in the lives of female veterans and emphasizes the importance of acknowledging and addressing it.

    We talk about creating safe spaces for female veterans to process their grief, share their experiences, and support each other, incorporating indigenous healing methods and humor as essential components. Lola underscores the need for community, care, and compassion, expressing how these emotions have often been overlooked or trained out of them, particularly in high-intensity military environments. We also touch on the challenges of representing all women in a male-dominated military structure and the necessity of dismantling misogyny within their own ranks.

    Lola shares the significance of creating a container for women to share and be present in their own way, expressing the value of intentionally spending time with other veteran women. We discuss the impact of these healing circles, the power of sharing and witnessing each other's stories, and the opportunities for breakthroughs and continuous personal work.

    With the upcoming grief retreat being a safe and confidential space for female veterans, Lola invites women to reach out and participate, even if they have doubts or concerns. I also express my admiration for Lola's work and reiterates the podcast's mission of supporting female veterans and providing a platform for their stories to be heard.

    This episode serves as a heartfelt invitation for female veterans to join the grief retreat, find support, and transmute their grief in a space that honors their experiences and fosters healing. It's a testament to the power of community, compassion, and the value of intentional time spent with fellow veterans.

    Episode Highlights:

    1. Safe Space for Healing: Lola and her team have crafted a 3-day grief retreat focused on addressing the grief experienced by female veterans. This retreat provides a safe and confidential space for women to share, support, and transmute their grief.



    2. Indigenous Healing Practices: The retreat incorporates indigenous methodologies and emphasizes the importance of building community, honoring vulnerability, and embracing humor as a healing tool.



    3. Accessible Support: Through the use of virtual platforms like Zoom, Lola has made the support accessible to female veterans regardless of their location. Whether you're in your pajamas at home or in a rural community, this retreat offers the opportunity for healing and connection.

    Conclusion:

    For more information or to inquire about future events, you can contact Lola at gunseek53@yahoo.com. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to be part of a supportive community dedicated to female veterans' healing and empowerment. Remember, you are not alone on this journey!

    Call To Action:

    Join us in gaining valuable insights into the experiences of these incredible women veterans as they create a safe space for healing, sharing, and supporting one another. Share this episode with others who might find these stories and insights inspiring and stay tuned for future episodes from The Female Veterans Podcast.

    • 27 min
    Serving With Pride And Embracing Challenge: Ketara's Story Founder of The Brave Woman Academy

    Serving With Pride And Embracing Challenge: Ketara's Story Founder of The Brave Woman Academy

    In this episode of The Female Veterans Podcast, I welcome Ketara, a proud National Guard servicemember and the founder of Brave Woman Academy. We explore the often overlooked journey of a guardsman. Ketara shares her multifaceted experiences and the astonishing breadth of skills she acquired, reminding us that the Guard's mission is as critical as any in our armed forces. Ketara gets candid about the unique journey of serving in the National Guard, the often-overlooked challenges guardsmen face, and the experiences that shape their military careers. Ketara illuminates the intricate balance of civilian and military life, the importance of readiness at all times, and the prejudice guardsmen must contend with, as we share stories of service, growth, and camaraderie.

    Episode Highlights:

    A deep dive into the misconceptions and lesser-known truths about the National Guard's pivotal role.

    The revelation of Ketara's transformative experiences, from competitiveness in her unit to the patriotic duty during Desert Storm and COVID-19.

    The significance and sensitivity of end-of-service traditions, including the intricacies of burial rights and benefits for veterans.

    Ketara's personal challenge of grief and how it steered her to establish a haven for healing, the Brave Woman Academy, to support her fellow women veterans.

    Investing in self-improvement and professional development paralleled to grooming, highlighting the importance of nurturing one's inner self alongside outer care.

    Kia and Ketara's shared journey of coping with the transition between military rigor and civilian sensibilities, including Kia's decision-making process between the Navy and the Air Force.

    The exploration of female empowerment, self-worth, and resistance against conformity through Kia and Ketara's personal and professional trials and triumphs.

    Key Quotes:

    00:56:31 - "You think you know, but legally, you could be left out in the cold." - Ketara on marital status and burial benefits.

    00:57:23 - "Hold onto those documents like lifelines." - Kia advising on the critical nature of maintaining military records.

    01:01:01 - "Brave Woman Academy isn't just about healing; it's my legacy, my gift to the world." - Ketara sharing her inspiration for helping others.

    01:05:22 - "There's an unspeakable bond that forms when women stand together through the trials of service." - Kia on sisterhood in the military.

    Conclusion:

    Embrace the honor and resiliency of this inspiring servicemember as we discuss her life-altering experiences and the enduring bonds born out of our time in the military. Ketara's enlightening perspective offers a fresh glance into the world of guardsmen, military standards, and the pursuit of personal enlightenment, providing an indispensable resource to listeners and veterans alike.

    Call to Action:

    If this episode moved you or echoed your own experiences, please share it with those who might find solace and empowerment in these stories. Subscribe to The Female Veterans Podcast for more compelling conversations, and be sure to tag along for our upcoming workshop with the Barbara Giordano Foundation. Join our community by signing up for our upcoming Newsletter at www.thefemaleveteranspodcast.com. Want to show some support - follow on Instagram @thefemaleveteranspodcast. Subscribe to the YT Channel and share to keep the dialogue going!

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
124 Ratings

124 Ratings

wahiawa85 ,

We Needed This

Recently my trauma and experiences have been coming to the surface all over again. I don’t want to say it’s nice to hear about all this happening but it’s nice to hear we’re talking about it because we don’t have to keep the secrets anymore

soulmusiqluva ,

Thank you for all that you do!

It has been wonderful for me to come across this podcast, dedicated to female Veterans. But it was an honor to sit with Kia and to have a dialogue with someone who could relate to my situation, and the circumstances that I faced. I wholeheartedly support this podcast and will absolutely share it far and wide! Please keep doing what you do because we need this. Blessings.

sadietollberg ,

Great way to represent!

Love listening to her speak on relevant topics and share her experiences! Great voice!

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