How Could I Leave Her?

I lost part of myself today. The biggest part, really, up until I became a mother. The part that defined me; before I was a daughter, a sister, a friend, a wife, a student, a person…I was a Soldier. It was the path I’d chosen for myself when I was just barely 17 and desperate […]

The Most Honorable Thankless Job

I am a Black Woman veteran that proudly served in the United States Army. I served as a leader of Soldiers, a person of integrity, and committed to accomplishing my mission in peacetime as well as in combat. Most importantly, I served the U.S. Army, my family and my country honorably. When I hear the […]

April 14th, 2004

I remember the day, April 14th 2004, it was a Wednesday. It was arguably one of the worst days in my life. Definitely up there with my 2nd term miscarriage and the death of my mother. I had been going to medical almost every day for 3 ½ months and they had finally sent me […]

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 […]