Kristen Luevanos is one of the more than 200,000 female veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan during the past decade. The 47-year-old mother of three, who served 22 years in the Army, is about to begin her second year at the Women’s College of the University of Denver. She retired from the Army Reserves as a platoon sergeant, and is using the GI Bill to pay for college.
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Above left: "I've found that there are some women that are not proud to be veterans," says Kristen Luevanos, a veteran who served in Iraq. "There's very few of us out there right now."
Below Left: Stickers on the back of Ms. Luevanos's car testify to her time in the Army—but they also occasionally cause confusion. At a gas station once, a man asked Ms. Luevanos where her husband served. Her answer: "All of this is me."