This week’s podcast features another participant in the 2017 Women Veterans Art Exhibit, Navy Veteran Debra Russell.  The exhibit is traveling to ten different VA medical centers throughout the month of March to celebrate and honor Women’s History Month and how Veterans use art for personal expression.

Debra joined the military in 1984 and served until 1997. She worked in supply early on and went on to work on the staff for an Admiral.  She was “med-boarded” after a running accident and was separated from the military. Around that same time, she was dealing with a sexual assault she experienced with a superior. Debra opens up regarding her service, her transition, and how she uses art and photography for therapy.

Debra Russell's contribution to Women Veterans Art Exhibit

Debra Russell’s contribution to Women Veterans Art Exhibit

Covered in Episode 22:

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Published on Mar. 17, 2017

Estimated reading time is 1.1 min.

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  1. Lana Melendez March 19, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    We are looking for veteran art to show at Burning Man. No censorship, no boundaries, just art for art sake.

  2. David Watkins March 17, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    I was totally amazed at what I had stimbled upon as I scan my email. I read the story about Tim and at an instant I found myself totally amazed at the similarity of his story to mine. I spent four years from 2010 to 2014 in school 2 of the schools I attended where Columbia School of Broadcasting for On Air Personality and Broadcast Institute of Maryland for News and Sports Broadcasting. I’m in the planning stage of starting my own podcast and need help. Can you help?

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