Stories of Hope and Challenge

We are launching WVoP with stories told by women veterans from around the nation. Their experiences are powerful and important. Over time, we hope that this site will become a community center for LA-area women veterans, a place where you can tell as well as hear stories. If you have an experience you want to share, contact us. We will support you in a process that gives you full control over the story you share and how you share it.

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Yaying’s Story

Yaying’s Story

In this video you’ll learn about: The beginnings of Yaying’s depression during AIT as well as experiences common to many who have served such as bad dreams, suicidal thoughts, and sense of permanence about her bad feelings. Yaying’s reasons for joining the military The benefits …

Esmeralda’s Story

Esmeralda’s Story

In this video you’ll learn about: Esmeralda’s challenges with mental health, common to many who have served, including nervousness, an inability to sleep, overthinking everything and feelings of anger The implications of ignoring or denying the problem including coping mechanisms like use of alcohol The …

The Veterans Portrait Project with Stacy Pearsall​

The Veterans Portrait Project with Stacy Pearsall​

Stacy L. Pearsall got her start as an Air Force photographer at the age of 17. During her time in service, she traveled to over 40 countries and participated in the military photojournalism program at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. During three combat …