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Veteran says women's military service deserves more recognition

Nov 11, 2016

Women service members
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In recent years, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), has been taken a lot more seriously. But, the general public is often not aware of the struggles returning veterans have with the disorder.

Stephanie Shannon is a veteran of Desert Storm and Desert Shield operations during the first Gulf War. She’s the founder and CEO of Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment and she joined Stateside to talk about how women who fight for our country deserve more recognition for their service. 

Shannon wrote the book Battling the Storm Within about her experiences in the military and her struggles with PTSD. She says it took about 20 years from her last tour of duty to be diagnosed with her disorder and she feels that the impact it has on women is overlooked.

When people think of a soldier or a veteran, they think of men who are on the front lines, but she says it's not just the men who come home from the battlefield.

Listen to the full interview above to hear her personal story, how she was diagnosed with PTSD and the struggle that women in the military face to get the recognition they deserve.

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