FORT SNELLING, Minn. - In an effort to amplify the voices of women veterans,the Minnesota Historical Society held a special event at Historic Fort Snelling visitor center on Saturday.
A group of female Minnesota veterans shared their stories of service, the return to civilian life, and the challenges that veterans - specifically female veterans - face today.
Here are a few of their unedited stories, captured by KARE 11 photojournalist Craig Norkus.
Kay Bauer served as a nurse in the Navy for 35 years. She creates programming specific to women veterans to address mental health needs and overall wellness. Bauer is the Woman Veteran of the Year, a mother of two, and a grandmother of six.
Jessi Faue is a Registered Nurse at the Minneapolis VA. She works in suicide education and prevention. Her vision is to reframe the way society views mental health.
The Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs women veteran coordinator, Kim Dobler, responds to gender specific needs of female veterans and advocates for their visibility. Dobler is the mother of a 3-year-old girl.