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As I began my journey of healing as I shared my stories with some, I quickly realized that my experience in the military was not as unique as I had thought. It took me over a decade to realize that there were many other women (and also some men) who shared a similar story of military sexual trauma, discrimination, abuse, and intimidation among many other things. I couldn’t understand why this was happening and why these things were allowed. Our voices were squandered due to coercion, the lack of someone willing to listen and believe us, or just the plain feeling of hopelessness. Throughout my journey in the military, it often felt like I was a second-class citizen, as a woman, and especially as a black woman. When people found out that I was in the military they seemed so shocked as their picture of a soldier was usually a white man or even a man of any color but rarely a woman, especially a woman of color.

When we look at how the military is compromised, we can see that more and more women are entering the service. According to Pew Research, “Women in this decade have made up a much greater share of the active-duty military than they have at any time in U.S. history. Among the ranks of the enlisted, 14% are now women (up from 2% in 1973), and among commissioned officers, 16% are now women, compared with 4% in 1973.” Although women are not a large percentage of the military, we do exist. We matter. Our stories matter.

Uncle Sam's Daughter is a podcast that was created to ensure that our voices are heard. Women that I know of who have served have a level of tenacity and strength that is like none other. We have made the same sacrifices and given the same dedication as our male counterparts and therefore we deserve the same opportunities to be heard.

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As I began my journey of healing as I shared my stories with some, I quickly realized that my experience in the military was not as unique as I had thought. It took me over a decade to realize that there were many other women (and also some men) who shared a similar story of military sexual trauma, discrimination, abuse, and intimidation among many other things. I couldn’t understand why this was happening and why these things were allowed. Our voices were squandered due to coercion, the lack of someone willing to listen and believe us, or just the plain feeling of hopelessness. Throughout my journey in the military, it often felt like I was a second-class citizen, as a woman, and especially as a black woman. When people found out that I was in the military they seemed so shocked as their picture of a soldier was usually a white man or even a man of any color but rarely a woman, especially a woman of color.

When we look at how the military is compromised, we can see that more and more women are entering the service. According to Pew Research, “Women in this decade have made up a much greater share of the active-duty military than they have at any time in U.S. history. Among the ranks of the enlisted, 14% are now women (up from 2% in 1973), and among commissioned officers, 16% are now women, compared with 4% in 1973.” Although women are not a large percentage of the military, we do exist. We matter. Our stories matter.

Uncle Sam's Daughter is a podcast that was created to ensure that our voices are heard. Women that I know of who have served have a level of tenacity and strength that is like none other. We have made the same sacrifices and given the same dedication as our male counterparts and therefore we deserve the same opportunities to be heard.

    The Carma Connection

    The Carma Connection

    In this episode of Uncle Sam's Daughter, I speak with US AirForce veteran, Carma Connor-Marroquin. Carma served 7 yrs in the Airforce and U.S. Public Health Service for 14 yrs.

    Carma is a dietitian of 28 years, and she transferred from the USAF to the US Public Health Service because they were downsizing my career field. While serving at Tyndall AFB, she ran the nutrition programming for the base and won the CGO of the quarter award, which got her a ride in an F-15. She is the mother of two children and started a business creating online courses that share the knowledge she has gained through her career and life. She is the owner of The Carma Connection. She has also created a free goal-setting challenge, The Distinguished Life Challenge, which is for military and veteran women.


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    • 32 min
    Women Veterans Alliance with Melissa Washington

    Women Veterans Alliance with Melissa Washington

    In this episode of Uncle Sam's Daughter, I speak with Melissa Washington who is the creator and owner of the Women Veterans Alliance. Women Veterans Alliance is a woman, disabled veteran-owned small business, that was founded in 2015, by Melissa A. Washington a Navy Veteran who saw a need to bring women veterans together to equip, empower and encourage each other.
    I discuss with Melissa what it's like to create and sustain an organization of women veterans across the country. Please join me as we discuss the importance of fellowship and uplifting each other as women veterans.

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    • 31 min
    "If I can do this, I can do anything!"

    "If I can do this, I can do anything!"

    In this episode of Uncle Sam's Daughter, I speak with Dr. Carla Kent regarding her life before and after the military. Dr. Kent shares her journey as a mother while trying to figure out her next move and her career. Although she never really planned it, she is now working in the educational field as a Vice Principal in the Public School System. This wonderful mother of 5 shares some lessons learned while appreciating her blessings such as being selected to work at The Pentagon. During this time she was young, extremely early in her career, and one of the very few females in such a coveted arena.

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    • 39 min
    Women Matter

    Women Matter

    On this episode of Uncle Sam's Daughter-The Podcast, I will be speaking with Army Veteran, Addie Mattox. Mrs. Mattox is a retired US Army 1st SGT and currently serves as the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Women Veterans Program Administrators. Addie and I discussed the transition from military back into the civilian sector and the struggle of starting a career and the lack if mentorship. As Addie discusses her career after the military, she guides us through her journey of where she's at in her career now. She shares a variety of resources for women Veterans along with some of the amazing women she's met along the way.

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    • 37 min
    Never Too Late

    Never Too Late

    On this episode of Uncle Sam's Daughter-The Podcast, we speak with service member of The United States Army, Mrs. Porsha Battle.

    Please join us as we speak with Porsha about her decision to join the Army. Porsha discusses her AIT assignments and her decision to enroll in Air Assault School. Porsha also speaks about being part of the LGBTQ community and how it effects her military career. All while continuing to encourage others to follow their dreams no matter how long you have pushed them off.

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    • 32 min
    Healthcare Equality

    Healthcare Equality

    On this episode of Uncle Sam's Daughter-The Podcast, we speak with Army Veteran Rochelle Alexander.

    According to Harvard School of Public Health, "Black women face risks to their health from discrimination—both from health professionals who don’t take their concerns seriously and from biological wear and tear caused by chronic stress." Rochelle shares her unique experience as a young mother and her decision to join the military. She shares her battle with trying to convince medical professionals, leaders, and her fellow comrades that her medical complaints were legit and that she wasn't just trying to get out of the hard or less favorable tasks. Join us as she shares her perspective as a black woman fighting for her equity in healthcare.

    More information about the podcast or to be a guest, please visit us at
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    • 29 min

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