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Colonel Olson KRLD Interivew with Mitch Carr

Listen to as Colonel Olson discusses the challenges women Veterans can face and how Grace After Fire is the bridge to help them help themselves with Mitch Carr from KRLD Radio & Texas State Radio Network.

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Soldiering On

Women Suffer, Too

Another initiative making waves on the veteran front is Grace After Fire, a Fort Worth-based group that provides support for and helps women veterans who are returning from active duty re-engage in civilian life.

“Women are fighting alongside the men, which they’ve been doing a long, long time,” said Kim Olson, CEO/president of Grace and a retired Air Force colonel. “But now we’re trying to demand that a system designed around a male soldier change and adapt to a female soldier. The VA does a good job for men, but it wasn’t built around women.”

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Military Matters

On October 13, San Antonio played host to the Women Veterans Fall Summit, a conference organized by the wonderful, Fort Worth-based Grace After Fire nonprofit. The mission of Grace After Fire is to provide outreach to women veterans by offering confidential peer to peer outreach and direct access to appropriate addiction, trauma and mental health and support services.

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Woman general says 'Shift Happens' on the road to success

Becky Halstead's “success” diagram has as many lows as highs — a coach's fatal skydiving accident, her appointment to West Point and soon after, marriage, divorce and rising to general.

There's a word to describe the scraggly hand-drawn graph that illustrates her life, but not the one some of the women veterans hearing her speech Saturday in San Antonio might have been thinking.

“When shift happens in our life it's about the response more than it is about the shift,” Halstead, who led 20,000 GIs in Iraq in 2005, told a veterans support group for women. “And so I give most of my speeches on leadership with the premise that the first person you must lead is you.”

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A message about Women’s Equality Day by Kimberly Olson

Grace After Fire and Vision 2020:
A message about Women’s Equality Day

by Kim Olson

On August 26, 1920 (92 years ago) women’s right-to-vote became law with ratification of the 19th amendment. Unfortunately, “Equality Day” is tucked away in the caboose of the August calendar, diminishing its chances of competing for attention with vacations and back-to-school sales.

And have we actually achieved equality? When the sun goes down today, the distance between men’s and women’s access to significant decision-making will remain.  The gap continues.  We’re talking Grand Canyon dimensions here.

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