[Podcast] #7: Kayla Williams – Army Veteran, Director of Center for Women Veterans


Episode seven brings us Army Veteran Kayla Williams. Kayla serves as primary advisor to the secretary on department policies, programs, and legislation that affect women Veterans as the head of VA’s Center for Women Veterans.  In addition, she oversees the center’s activities, which include monitoring and coordinating VA’s administration of health care, benefits services, and programs for women Veterans; serving as an advocate for cultural transformation (both within VA and in the general public) in recognizing the service and contributions of women Veterans and Servicemembers; and raising awareness of the responsibility to treat women Veterans with dignity and respect.

She is author of two books.  Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army, is a memoir about her deployment to Iraq. Her second book is, Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War, about her family’s journey from trauma to healing.

Covered in Episode Seven:

Center for Women Veterans Director Kayla Williams

Kayla Williams, Director of Center for Women Veterans. (VA photo/ Robert Turtil)

  • Information on MakeTheConnection.net
  • Interview with Army Veteran Kayla Williams
    • Kayla’s decision to join the military.
    • Military before & after the 9/11attacks
    • Serving in Iraq
    • Transitioning from Servicemember to military spouse and Veteran
    • Working at Center for Women Veterans
  • Connecting with the Center for Women Veterans
  • #VeteranOfTheDay Air Force Veteran Timothy Montjoy

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Timothy Lawson

Timothy Lawson has been a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since April 2016 and is the host of VA’s official podcast, Borne the Battle. He graduated from American University’s School of Communications in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tim is a Marine Corps Veteran having served as a Marine Security Guard posted at embassies in Algeria, Russia, and Peru.