This VHVtv episode features co-hosts Olivia Chavez-Carroll and Graciela Tiscareno-Sato. These two important voices represent a great many women who we usually don’t see as veterans on a daily basis – Hispanic women who have served in uniform.
Together they discuss their experiences as Latina women serving in the military and what inspired their military service, intense moments during their deployments, their families, their current passion projects as they serve communities they care about and advice for young people contemplating military service.
Graciela says “Even though we are both Latinas with Mexican roots, our stories couldn’t be more different.” Graciela is the daughter of immigrants and served in the U.S.. Air Force as a pilot of a KC135 Refueling Tanker. Her office was a flying gas station. Olivia comes from a family that counts 14 veterans and one currently deployed, across 4 branches of service. Despite her deep military history, she was the first woman in her family to serve in uniform. She is the first Latina aviator to fly for the State of South Carolina She is grateful for the opportunity to deploy to Afghanistan to fly Chinook heavy-lift helicopter missions over there.
It is important that the American populace understands that Latinas are combat veterans too.
Filmed in the MidPen Media Center studio in Palo Alto, Ca, Tuesday, November 5, 2019.