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14 Women Veterans We Love

We wanted to start an annual Women Veterans We Love list to feature some of the many female vets whose success stories we’ve shared over the years. What better place to start than with women veterans who have graced the covers of G.I. Jobs Magazine over the last several years?

Fatima Jaghoori

Female Army veteran who was on the August 2021 cover of G.I. Jobs Magazine
Fatima Jaghoori on the August 2021 GI Jobs cover

Army Veteran | August 2021 Cover | Then: Student, Nutrition & Health, International Studies, Gerontology 2021 Student Veteran Leadership Award recipient  |  Kansas State University

Why We Love Her: Fatima took on triple majors at KSU and served as a Student Veterans of America leader on campus. Giving back to fellow veterans helped her overcome nagging self-doubt about fitting in.

Nana Adae

Female Navy veteran on the cover of G.I. Jobs Magazine in January 2021 for her success in her military transition.
Nana Adae on the January 2021 GI Jobs cover

Navy Veteran  |  January 2021 Cover  |  Then: Managing Director, Advisor Platform Transformation  |  JPMorgan Chase

Why We Love Her: From the US Naval Academy to JPMorgan Chase and beyond, Nana has never been daunted by long odds in male-dominated career fields.

Jodi Johnson

Female Army Veteran on the cover of the November 2020 issue of the G.I. Jobs Magazine for her success as an entrepreneur.
Jodi Johnson on the November 2020 GI Jobs cover

Army Veteran  |  November 2020 Cover  |  Founder/CEO  |  Titania Solutions Group

Why We Love Her: Jodi kept the business she built with her husband thriving through sequestration and COVID-19, continuing her mission to serve the men and women in uniform. She was named the 2020 Vetrepreneur® of the Year.

Lauren Graham

Female Navy Veteran was on the cover of the August 2020 issue of G.I. Jobs Magazine for being an exceptional recipient of the 2020 Student Veteran Leadership Awards.
Lauren Graham on the August 2020 GI Jobs cover

Navy Veteran  |  August 2020 Cover  |  Then: Student, Accountancy

2020 Student Veteran Leadership Award recipient  |  University of Mississippi

Why We Love Her: Lauren overcame initial struggles to leave a positive impact on the University of Mississippi by the time she graduated. She chose service as a way to rise above her own personal challenges.

Jazzlyn M. Horton

Female Air Force Veteran was on the cover of the May 2020 issue of G.I. Jobs Magazine.
Jazzlyn M. Horton on the May 2020 GI Jobs cover

Air Force Veteran  |  May 2020 Cover  |  Then: Graduate Student/RN  |  Duquesne University

Why We Love Her: Jazzlyn refused to allow the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020 to derail her quest to advance from an RN to a nurse anesthetist. Shifting to online study, her long-term goal is to work with children.

Tammy Duckworth

Army National Guard Veteran on the cover of January 2020 G.I. Jobs magazine who now serves in the US Senate.
Tammy Duckworth among other women veterans on the January 2020 GI Jobs cover

Army National Guard Veteran  |  January 2020 Cover  |  Senator, Illinois  |  US Senate

Why We Love Her: This Iraq war veteran overcame severe combat injuries and dedicated her life to advocating for veterans, first with the VA and now in the US Senate. She serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Joni Ernst

Army National Guard Veteran on the cover of January 2020 G.I. Jobs magazine who was the first female combat veteran elected to the Senate.
Joni Ernst among other women veterans on the January 2020 GI Jobs cover

Army National Guard Veteran  |  January 2020 Cover  |  Senator, Iowa  |  US Senate

Why We Love Her: Also a veteran of Iraq, Joni was the first female combat veteran elected to the Senate. She also advocates for veterans through her service on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Tulsi Gabbard

Army National Guard Veteran who was on the January G.I. Jobs Magazine cover and was the first female combat veteran ever to run for president in 2020.
Tulsi Gabbard among other women veterans on the January 2020 GI Jobs cover

Army National Guard Veteran  |  January 2020 Cover  |  Then: Representative, Hawaii  |  US House of Representatives

Why We Love Her: Tulsi served in the US Congress for eight years on the Foreign Affairs, Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees before becoming the first female combat veteran to ever run for president in 2020.

Chrissy Houlahan

Air Force Veteran who was on the January G.I. Jobs Magazine cover and now serves as a member of the US Congress.
Chrissy Houlahan among other women veterans on the January 2020 GI Jobs cover

Air Force Veteran  |  January 2020 Cover  |  Representative, Pennsylvania  |  US House of Representatives

Why We Love Her: Chrissy is a former businesswoman, teacher and nonprofit leader who now serves her fellow veterans as a member of the US Congress. She’s a member of the House Armed Services Committee and founded the Servicewomen and Women Veterans Congressional Caucus.

Elaine Luria

Navy Veteran who was on the January G.I. Jobs Magazine cover and now is the vice chair of the House Armed Services Committee and serves on the House Committee of Veterans' Affairs.
Elaine Luria among other women veterans on the January 2020 GI Jobs cover

Navy Veteran  |  January 2020 Cover |  Representative, Virginia  |  US House of Representatives

Why We Love Her: A former business owner who served on six Navy ships, Elaine was elected to the US House of Representatives in 2018. Today she is vice chair of the House Armed Services Committee and serves on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, among others.

Martha McSally

Air Force Veteran who was on the January G.I. Jobs Magazine cover who represented Arizona in both the US Congress and Senate.
Marth McSally among other women veterans on the January 2020 GI Jobs cover

Air Force Veteran  |  January 2020 Cover  |  Then: Senator, Arizona  |  US Senate

Why We Love Her: Martha was the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat and the first to command a fighter squadron, earning a Bronze Star and six air medals. She represented Arizona in both the US Congress and Senate, and served on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Mikie Sherrill

Navy Veteran in the US Congress who was on the January G.I. Jobs Magazine cover
Mikie Sherrill among other women veterans on the January 2020 GI Jobs cover

Navy Veteran  |  January 2020 Cover  |  Representative, New Jersey  |  US House of Representatives

Why We Love Her: Mikie flew missions as a helicopter pilot for 10 years before separating from the Navy. She earned a law degree and served as a lawyer before being elected to the US Congress in 2018. She sits on the House Armed Services Committee and several others.

Brooke Jones-Chinetti

Army Veteran on the January 2018 cover of G.I. Jobs Magazine who founded a nonprofit for women veterans.
Brooke Jones-Chinetti on the January 2018 GI Jobs cover

Army Veteran  |  January 2018 Cover  |  Then: Director of Operations, Military and Veterans Affairs  JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Why We Love Her: Brooke was helping fellow veterans get hired at JPMorgan Chase & Co. when she appeared on the cover of G.I. Jobs in January 2018. She founded a nonprofit to help female veterans transition from the military, and today serves as director of learning, development and engagement for the Haskell Company. 

Deedra Irwin

An Army National Guard member who competed in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics
Deedra Irwin, a National Guard member who absolutely crushed her performance in the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Vermont Army National Guard  |  Biathlete, Team USA  |  2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

Why We Love Her: OK, Deedra hasn’t been on the cover of G.I. Jobs. But when we saw this National Guard member turn in the best-ever performance by an American biathlete during the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, we couldn’t resist at least an honorable mention. Deedra finished 7th in the 15km individual, despite only training in the sport since 2017. In all, nine US military members competed in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, including Army Sgt. Emily Sweeney in Luge Singles. 

More Success Stories and Veteran Resources on G.I. Jobs

For women veterans, the Center for Women Veterans is a resource to champion women veterans and ensure they get the VA benefits they earned. Read how the center helps women veterans.

Additionally, G.I. Jobs covers tips and resources for veterans in any aspect of their military transition. Download the G.I. Jobs app to get access to all of the magazines and more veteran resources.

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