Very Special Forces: Women Soldiers in Combat and at Home with Mariette Kalinowski & Colonel (Ret) Elspeth C. Ritchie

Original Air Date Wednesday November 1, 2017

In this week's episode you will learn about: 

Redefining women's roles & capabilities

Additional challenges faced by women soldiers 

Sexual trauma in the military

Accommodating the needs of female soldiers in the civilian world



Mariette Kalinowski is a former sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, who served from 2002 to 2010, including two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her experiences as a heavy machine gunner on convoys led her to focus on women’s perspectives of combat and war, since women’s involvement in the wars is too often dismissed. She is an advocate for women veterans and participated in the documentary Service: The Film. Presently Mariette serves as the Coordinator for Student Veteran Services at The New School in New York City. More here

COL (Ret) Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, MD, MPH retired from the Army in 2010 after a distinguished career, culminating with a position as the Army's top psychiatrist. She has written and lectured extensively on military mental health and women's health issues. She is now the Acting Chief of Staff for Mental Health and Chief of Mental Health for the Community Based Outpatient Clinics at the Wash VA. She frequently serves as a subject matter expert on military and veterans mental health issues.

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