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Gender Roles and Military Service: More than a MilSpouse

Published on
August 26, 2021

A combat veteran discusses her transition from airman to stay-at-home mom and the stigma that female veterans often face when trying to negotiate gender roles within the military community. 

“When people find out I’m a veteran and then they find out my husband is a veteran, the way they treat me and the way they treat him are not the same, and that’s really hard.”

Rather than allow her experience to negatively impact her feelings surrounding her service, Amanda decided to use her experiences with the stigma associated with traditional gender roles to educate the military and civilian community.

Guest: Amanda Huffman, author and “Women of the Military” podcast host

Amanda Huffman is a military spouse and veteran who served in the Air Force for six years as a civil engineer, including a deployment to Afghanistan. She traded in her combat boots for a diaper bag to stay home with her two boys and follow her husband’s military career. In 2019, she published her first book, “Women of the Military,” sharing the stories of 28 military women and also launched her podcast of the same name. She was selected as one of the HillVets 100 in 2020 and is one of the 2021 Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Center for Women Veterans Trailblazers.

Learn more about what was discussed in episode 3:

Disruptive Storytelling with Military Changemakers is a bi-weekly podcast presented by Partners in PROMISE, a nonprofit dedicated to Protecting the Rights Of Military children In Special Education (P.R.O.M.I.S.E.). This season of the podcast is sponsored by the Modern Military Association of America with music by Stephen McDonough.

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