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Mothers in Combat Boots

by Jessica Yagedaran | Permalink
February 23, 2010
One woman soldier's experience returning home from the Iraq War

There are close to two million women veterans. "Yo mama wears combat boots" is no longer just a schoolyard taunt. How do they handle the stress of being a military mom?

Retired Army Staff Sgt. June Moss returned home to the Bay Area in 2003. "I wasn't the same person when I came home," says Moss. "I was different. I was cold." In this video by Contra Costa Times reporter Jessica Yadegaran, Moss talks about her experience as a military mom, and a clinical psychologist explains the challenges that women face in service.

"When imagining a struggling war veteran, it's likely few people picture a young woman such as Moss, who was eventually diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. But women make up 15 percent of active-duty military members, and the Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that by the end of 2020, women will represent 10 percent of the nation's veteran population."

Read the companion article to this video at the Contra Costa Times website »

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