“Vanquishing The Invisible”
An Independent Portrait Project  by James R Morrison and J Mara Morrison
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Index of "Vanquishing The Invisible" Portraits and Stories  
Nancy Musso  U.S. Army
My name is Nancy Jessenia Vanessa Pancán-Musso. I was born in Gualán-Zacapa, Guatemala and raised in Auburn, CA. I am the oldest of five ... Read full story
Kathy Takayama  U.S. Navy
Kathy Takayama grew up a U.S. Navy brat and followed in her father’s footsteps, serving for five years as a Navy officer. Her father retired ... Read full story
Tiffany Lujan  U.S. Navy
My name is Tiffany Lujan. I am thirty-four years old. I’m married with three children. I served in the United States Navy for nine years. I joined on a whim ... Read full story
Megan MacPherson  U.S. Navy
As the daughter of a career Navy man, Megan Murray MacPherson didn’t picture herself in the Navy, but with encouragement from her mom, she applied for  ... Read full story
Sevrine Banks  U.S. Army (Retired)
My name is Sevrine Banks, I am an Army Veteran, retired with twenty years of service. I come from a long history of service members. I was a combat medic  ... Read full story
Megan Kennedy  U.S. Army
After I graduated from high school in 2002, I joined the Army Reserve as a Cargo Specialist (88H). Unfortunately, I was injured in Basic Training and my injuries ... Read full story
Mischa Weibel  U.S. Air Force
Both my parents were in the U.S. Air Force through my early childhood. I had an attachment to the military from the beginning, earning an ROTC scholarship ... Read full story
Lt. Col. Sara Reed, Ed.D  U.S. Air Force
Lt. Col. Sara Reed is a veteran and Reserve officer of the United States Air Force. Sara was commissioned as an officer in May 2001 and served on active duty ... Read full story
Isa McIntyre  U.S. Army
After spending eight years in the U.S. Army, I made the decision to end my time in the service and pursue my educational goals. Being from a family ... Read full story
Suzi Vinci  U.S. Navy
Suzi Vinci is a Northern California native. She was born at Mather Air Force Base, located in Rancho Cordova. She comes from a strong military family background ... Read full story
Jaclyn Kirkwood  U.S. Marine (Retired)
My name is Jaclyn Kirkwood. I grew up in Southern Illinois on the outskirts of St. Louis, Missouri. When I graduated from high school in 1997, I was ... Read full story
Kiyo Sato  U.S. Air Force
My father said of his children: "I don't want anyone rich or famous. I just want nine good citizens." And so it happened. My five brothers and I served in the military. ... Read full story
Catherine Cook  U.S. Air Force
When I graduated from California State University with a degree in economics, my plan was to go to law school, but then I happened upon ... Read full story
Danielle Marshall  U.S. Air Force
Originally from Oakland, California, I am a wife, mother of two, and avid community supporter. A United States Air Force Veteran, I served as a Clinical Lab Technologist  ... Read full story
Lindsey Sin  U.S. Navy
My military service made me an active participant in history and a witness to world events. When I think of that decade of my late teens and early twenties ... Read full story
Karen Toomey  U.S. Army ~ U.S. Air Force (Retired)
Growing up in a small town in Northern California, I did not have many options after high school. My parents were on the brink
Yvonne Alexander  U.S. Army
When I looked out over my 6th-grade class, I was reminded of the journey that brought me to where I am today. Twenty-eight years ago, I walked into the recruitment ... Read full story
Dulce Romero  U.S. Marine
I was seventeen and still in high school when I joined the Marine Corps. After boot camp, I was assigned to drive large military trucks in the Transport Pool  ... Read full story
Col. Patsy Thompson U.S. Air Force ~ Army National Guard (Retired)
I was born in the small, conservative, southern town of Troy, North Carolina in 1933.  My curiosity as to what was on the other side of the mountain drove me  ... Read full story
Yesenia Henshall Perez  U.S. Army
I am the first female, as well as the first member of my family to join the military. I served in the U.S. Army from 2008 to 2012. Before joining ... Read full story
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“Women Veterans are often assumed to be spouses of a veteran. We are on a mission to change that assumption. Working together, we can not only change perceptions but bring to light the vast achievements and contributions our women veterans make every day. Impacting a woman veteran’s life not only positively changes her life, but also her family’s and the community in which she lives.”         Melissa Washington, Founder of Women Veterans Alliance
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