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*UPDATE* The Avowed Podcast is currently on hiatus. We will return with new episodes as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience! Exploring how and why we are married in the modern world through conversations with wedding industry rebels, real couples, and generally bad ass people with something to say about love. Cover Art Photograph by Orange Photographie Music by Nic Hamersly / Ortrotasce
 
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 Magnu ...
 
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This very special episode is with Liz Helm Frazier an advocate for the legendary WWII unit The 6888. Not only are we discussing Liz's long career and transition out of the military, we dive into her newest mission the goal of having this unit be awarded The Congressional Gold Medal. If you don't know about these historic female veterans, you've got…
 
This unique episode is with Corinne Devin who is still on active duty. A commander in the Navy and International Ms. for 2020, she has managed to live a dual life of service dedicated to inspiring and serving others. We discuss her military and the obstacles she has faced and overcome every step of the way. We talk about the impact of being station…
 
I am joined by Mindy Dougherty who is a humanitarian and author of “A Resilient Warrior”. Mindy served as an Army combat medic in Bosnia where she became sick, suffering from appendicitis and pancreatitis at the same time. We discuss her active duty experience followed by the trauma she received from the VA healthcare system. Listen to how she unra…
 
Teia of Her Hair RX tells me the story of her veteran aunt who suffers from alopecia. We talk about the hair pieces she made for her and how that evolved into a thriving business providing wigs to female veterans who have any type of hair loss. She explains everything you need to know about wearing wigs! Including how to utilize your VA benefits to…
 
I am joined by Pamela Heal, Founder of The Heal Network. We chat about her experience while serving in the Navy. Appearance can be a huge problem for a woman while serving. Too much attention by men can lead to negative relationships with other females and can endanger you with the males. In this case it led to a lot of unfortunate experiences. Thi…
 
An unlikely friendship formed between Johnna and I while stationed in Great Lakes, IL. Though we spoke often before I got out of the military, I never really knew her whole story prior to her arrival at my duty station. And I didn't know what horrible events were to take take place after I discharged. In this episode I learn all about the harassmen…
 
As a young single mother Kerri interviewed for a well paying government job. After a fantastic interview she was informed that the job was hers if she joined The Army National Guard. On this episode we discuss her experiences as an officer, and young woman with a large family blazing a trail in her career. She shares the ups and downs of moving her…
 
On this episode, I chat with Olympia an Army veterans doing charity work in Arkansas. We talk about her feelings of frustration regarding being unable to use the skills she learned in the military after transitioning to civilian life. She shares a favorite story from boot camp and we reminisce about A school in the Navy and AIT for the Army. We dis…
 
Honor thought boot camp was a summer camp. Then active duty happened. After being persuaded by a recruiter to join the Navy instead of going into the Air Force as an officer, Honor faces harsh reality as an undesignated sailor. We talk about Honor's experience, life on ship, multiple assaults and how she gained the strength to heal, share her story…
 
This is a BIG episode! A full length double interview with two incredible female veterans. I chat with both the editor in chief and publisher of AVOW Magazine, a publication made by female veterans for female veterans. Much like this podcast. I am so pleased to be featured in the Winter 2020/2021 issue. I speak with Christina and Sheila about each …
 
In the summer of 2020 Lucy Del Gaudio found herself preparing to testify on Capitol Hill before Congress in the wake of Vanessa Guillen's murder at Fort Hood. We talk about how we learned of Vanessa's story and all the criminal activity taking place at that base. Lucy shares her story of feeling uneasy displaying femininity early in her career and …
 
This story is one I love. It spans 20 years from the 1970's to the 1990's. We talk about how Penny decided to leave home for 20 years, starting her career before WACs transitioned to the Army, reclassifying to intelligence, her work as a spy, the end of The Cold War, The Gulf War and Gulf War Syndrome. We discuss healing traumas and alcoholism. I a…
 
Award winning author of "Squared Away" a series of stories of our veteran sisters, Alicia shares her experience as a journalist in the Army National Guard. We talk about the things she saw and did, stories she wrote as she traveled across the globe while serving, and her difficult transition out. We talk in depth about how marginalized and underpai…
 
Talented orator, leadership expert and post Vietnam Era veteran Jennifer McNeill shares her military experience. To escape a toxic relationship and create a better life she had to leave her daughter behind. After joining the military she met the love of her life and overcame any obstacle that stood in her way to achieving success. We talk about her…
 
To fulfill her dream to become a cop, Danique joins the Navy. But her career takes a horrific turn when she discovers the perpetrators are in her own chain of command. Find out what happens when she "tried" to report, and what she had to do to escape sleeping next door to the barracks where her attacker lived. Spoiler alert*** it involves Oprah Win…
 
After a great experience in ROTC Amanda gets deployed. What happens next actually took me by surprise. But of course, I shouldn't have been. A base can be a lot like high school campus after all. Find out what made Amanda decided to leave the Air Force in this episode. We also discuss her transition to civilian life, how she overcame her obstacles …
 
With a promising career under way Wendi's military experience and personal life was shaken to the core. Find out what happened when Wendi is faced with losing everything. We also discuss how she found a way to continue serving others after making the difficult decision to leave active duty. Wendi talks about finding your passion, changing your mind…
 
In this episode I chat with Liza a finalist in the Ms. Veteran America Competition. Liza deployed to Afghanistan and recounts some of her experiences there. Liza educates me on the difference between a pageant and a competition and I find out what the Ms. Veteran America competition is like. We also talk about our mutual desire to change the amount…
 
Every now and again, I like to have a brother who is doing something amazing on the show. I also like to feature not for profit organizations that help our vet community. This interview gave me the opportunity to do both. Ellsworth is the Founder of Veterans Counseling Veterans and hosts a live stream panel discussion on Facebook. He shares his sto…
 
Erin's episode comes with a trigger warning. *****After a fundraiser, Erin goes with some friends to an after party. What happens next is a shocking nightmare. Her promising career as an artillery officer in the Army is cut short and her life is forever changed by reporting. Hear Erin's story in as much candid detail as she could tell it, and find …
 
Meet Kim Morrow the show's first female veteran from the Coast Guard. I was dying to know about her military experience and Kim didn't disappoint. Serving in the 80's her story of MST, and retaliation had me furious for how she was treated. We discuss how the Navy and Coast Guard are similar and the under-representation of women, especially women i…
 
Baby Lee spent 13 years in the Army. During her difficult transition out she slowly began to discover qualities that made her different than civilians. Determined to discover why she was being perceived as hard or bitchy, she began a journey of self awareness and healing. Through this process Baby discovered her true self, love and success in busin…
 
This is the conclusion of Kim's story. Two weeks later and after being locked down for Covid, we connect to finish the episode. Find out what happened when Kim's husband is accused, how another unresolved trauma led her on a downward spiral, and how hitting rock bottom forced her to completely change her life. This is an incredible journey to hell …
 
Kim joins the military and immediately her life turns upside down. Trying to cope with trauma after trauma her life begins to spiral out of control. Hear Kim's story in her own words, as she speaks her truth. In her first ever public conversation about what really happened to her while serving this country in the US Army. Kim is candid, raw and rea…
 
Aimee was stationed at Fort Knox. She did her job, ignored harassment and misogyny to complete her military service honorably. Then her real fight began. Find out why Aimee's transition out almost led her to blowing the whistle on the Army. What happened to Aimee's husband is unbelievable! The same tenacity and drive that helped her get the care he…
 
Alisha loved being in the Navy but when her baby wanted her to stay home, she decided to end her military career and begin a new one. She formed Alisha D. Brown Consulting. If you are a veteran in need of a resume or want to know how to get a government job this is who you want to connect with. She also produces an amazing natural hair event and is…
 
Alison founded Cherry River after serving in the US Navy. For years she fixed things and was passed over for well-deserved acknowledgement. She details her experience from assimilating to the culture to rebelling against it. Now her family owned CBD infused beauty products business is growing rapidly. Alison shares her experience of serving on acti…
 
How do horses and education help female veterans thrive? Find out from Virginia and Viviana two amazing women who are passionate about helping female veterans succeed. The Barbara Giordano Foundation has been helping women for decades. When this organization decided to focus on female veterans they became pioneers in helping our sisters succeed. Wh…
 
If you suffer with PTSD, chronic pain, anxiety or depression this episode is for you! We speak openly about our experiences. My old friend and " Milt Sister" Sandra, host of the podcast "The Kush Nurse" has been both a nurse and entrepreneur for over 20 years. She shares her story and explains why this alternative therapy should be more widely acce…
 
Tara joins me to discuss her military experience in the US Navy. Find out what happened to cut her military career short and send her into a crippling depression and over 20 years of healing. And it's not what you'd think. *****Spoiler Alert*** The advice in this one is incredible. If you've experienced any sort of trauma, you can't miss it! Love y…
 
Jennifer and Susan are a mother and daughter team who are passionate about getting our nations veteran heroes off of the streets. For the last 6 years they have worked tireless to take homeless veterans from homelessness back to thriving in life. This is the story of how it all began, what they have achieved so far and their expansive vision for "H…
 
Veteran and pin up Jessica is always doing something to help others. Her dedication to serve began with caring for her beloved disabled brother. After he passed away fulfilling his dream to serve in the military. So how did this bright, beautiful, strong female veteran end up in an abusive relationship after returning to civilian life? Find out in …
 
When Makissa transitioned from the military back to civilian life, she felt incredibly unprepared. Not realizing that she was suffering from the effects of unresolved trauma that occurred while serving, she struggled. Education was a savior for her. She felt the need to help her veteran sisters find the resources to educate themselves. As with many…
 
Season 3 kicks off on a happy note! Raquel Riley Thomas is a pageant title holder, photographer, former Elite model, beauty expert and business mogul. She has the unique experience of being both enlisted and an officer as well as coming from a legacy of women who served in the military. Find out what Raquel wants young women to know who are thinkin…
 
No time to listen to each episode or binge the season? Join me and my special guest Meloney, a U.S. Navy female veteran as we discuss each episode of the season. This one includes clips from the episodes and lots of thoughts, feelings and opinions! Thank you to all the female heroes who shared their stories. Stay tuned for the Season 3 premiere!…
 
Jennifer joined the military with the dream of a long military career. She was thrilled to be stationed on a carrier, the USS Roosevelt. A dedicated hard-worker, she exceled until failing health destroyed her dream. Jennifer turned to acting carving out a brilliant career in one of the toughest places in the world to make it - Hollywood. Hear our v…
 
This unsettling episode begins where part one left off. Find out the results of the investigation and the aftermath. What happens next will leave you infuriated and emotional. This is a true story of woman, a friend, a daughter, a wife and mother who's life was stolen. For more information check out these links: Below is what you asked for. Christi…
 
Christina joined the Army because 9/11 happened. What happened to her while serving was nothing short of terrorizing. This story has been featured on multiple media outlets and is very triggering. From her equipment blowing up to working in Iraq surrounded by burn pits and a corrupt investigation in part one of her story, Christina is labeled and t…
 
Callie left a small town in Texas to join the military and broaden her horizons. What happens next may trigger you. Hear about her experience in the military and how she survived both the Ft. Hood mass shooting and the Walmart mass shooting with her 4 year old son, almost 10 years later in August 2019. All this while discovering her husband's betra…
 
Lauren served in a combat zone. The constant threat of explosions combined with the harsh natural environment caused her a near immediate physical reactions to the stress. Hear her story and find out how she manages P.T.S.D. and constant pain. We learn how she manages, and is able to thrive in life despite it. Lauren is a photographer and healer wi…
 
Not only is Marcos a US Navy veteran he is the host of a very cool podcast. Marcos' military experience gave him the necessary skills to thrive as a civilian. One of few veterans I've met who has had a smooth transition out, he tells us how. Even as a devoted christian he is one of the most open-minded people I know. Find out how the use of marijua…
 
Meet the first male veteran I've interviewed, and see what makes him so special. Find out what the Air Force was like from a male perspective. We talk about what "shenanigans" were taking place on the base. We discuss feeling alone, the difficult transition to civilian life, and so much more. Seth is an awesome guy with a huge heart and his dedicat…
 
In this special interest episode we highlight another charity that we love, and talk about updating our style post uniform. Find out about Operation Sparkle Stud, a beautiful mission to give back to the deployed and their spouses for the holidays. Liz discusses her journey to spread sunshine by doing good through charity, her love of fashion, and h…
 
What could be worse than having a good friend turn into an aggressive, threatening stalker? Angie shares a nightmarish story of her journey to hell and back. Her struggles facing trauma, her failures, successes and where she is now in her healing process. Be warned. This one might trigger you. Links: Lean In Women Veterans https://leanin.org/circle…
 
On the season 1 finale, I highlight on organization that I love. Gina of Pinups For Vets and I discuss her mission to raise money for the initiatives of her non-profit organization by utilizing female veterans in a wholesome yet sexy calendar. These images are inspired by the 40's era pinups, and help boost the moral of the sick, and senior veteran…
 
Mindy is a columnist, blogger, wife, mother, grad student, Navy retiree and soon to be published author. She went from feeling lost after spending all of her adult life in the military to helping both men and women overcome difficult issues on her website, DearMindy.com. She faced the trauma of losing her mother to a serial killer, and now writes t…
 
As a single mother of an autistic son, Lynn served her country honorably for years. First serving in the National Guard, then in the US Army as the only woman in an all male platoon. After an assault by her own trusted platoon sergeant, the push to discharge her began. Later, the unresolved trauma issues affected her transition to civilian life for…
 
Join me as I take the first step on this podcasting journey. Find out who I am and why I started a podcast by a female veteran for female veterans. You are here at the beginning, as I build a foundation that helps other female veterans. Together we will create something to spread good into the lives of our veteran sisters and the world.…
 
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