Invisible Veterans

What Happens When Military Women Become Civilians Again

by Kate Hendricks Thomas and Kyleanne Hunter, Editors, Foreword by Carrie Ann Alford


Nearly 2 million female veterans live in the U.S., totaling almost 10 percent of all veterans. By 2045, however, the percentage of veterans who are women is expected to nearly double to 18 percent.

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Cover image for Invisible Veterans

July 2019


Pages 231
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Psychology/General
  Women's Studies/General

Spotlights the challenges faced by our increasing cadre of military women when their service ends and they become civilians.

Combining research with narrative, this book exposes common threads of lived experience and reviews the latest data on military women and their healthy reintegration into civilian society. Female veterans share their stories of seeking to be seen in a culture where they don't quite fit and their struggles to find community and friendship. Some fought during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, as the first women in combat in American history.

How and where, for example, does a female combat Marine find her tribe once she leaves the service? Through the stories of these courageous yet entirely human women, readers learn about the experiences of a new and often forgotten generation of veterans; about the challenges surrounding family and career choices that millions of American women face; and ultimately, about sacrifice, resiliency, loss, and love.

This book will inform readers with an interest in female veterans and women's health and mental health issues, as well as researchers, students, and professionals working in fields encompassing women's psychology, health, and social work.


  • Spotlights personal experiences of female veterans through interviews
  • Includes cutting-edge research on obstacles female veterans face and solutions
  • Addresses emotional, physical, sexual, social, and financial health issues for female veterans who are single, married, divorced, mothers, culture-diverse, mid-life, and elderly
  • Includes text on resilience for female veterans and how some are becoming leaders in business, politics, and advocacy
Author Info

Kate Hendricks Thomas, PhD, is a Marine Corps veteran with a doctorate in health education and health promotion. An active duty Marine from 2002 through 2012, she served in Iraq and at home as the operations officer for the 4th Anti-Terrorism Battalion. Kate is a faculty member with George Mason University's department of Global and Community Health. Her previous books include Bulletproofing the Psyche: Preventing Mental Health Problems in Our Military and Veterans (2018) and Invisible Veterans: What Happens When Military Women Become Civilians Again (2019).

Kyleanne Hunter, PhD, is a researcher, nonprofit executive, advocate, and speaker. She spent 12 years as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, flying the AH-1W "Super Cobra" attack helicopter, with multiple combat tours. Hunter is a research fellow at the Sie Chou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy at the University of Denver, and an instructor at its Josef Korbel School of International Studies. Hunter has received awards including seven Air Strike/Fight Medals, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, and the NATO Service Medal.

In the News

YouTube, Invisible Veterans, 5/30/2017

YouTube, Invisible Veterans Book Trailer, 12/10/2018

Military Times, Why women veterans are more likely than civilian women to commit suicide, 8/14/2019

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