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Jill Chambers

Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired)

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Colonel (R) Jill W. Chambers discusses her path as a woman in the military and how her experience surviving the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon led her to creating a PTSD program for soldiers.
Colonel (R) Jill W. Chambers is widely recognized as the first person in the history of the U.S. Military to develop a successful, sustainable strategy to reduce the crippling stigma associated with mental health challenges in a warrior culture.   Retiring in 2009 after 28 years of active duty, Colonel (R) Chambers is currently the Founder of This Able Vet, LLC, an organization that continues her commitment to real time solutions and non-pharmaceutical alternatives for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder amongst veterans. In 2007, Col. Chambers was selected to serve as Special Assistant to former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to conduct a focused study in the areas of PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury and spent 18 months traveling the U.S, witnessing firsthand the often heart-breaking difficulties returning warriors face.   Jill also serves on the SBA’s Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs and The American Legion TBI/PTS Ad Hoc Committee. Most recently, as of June 2011, she is serving as an external Advisory Board member for the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University. She has received numerous recognitions, including the Senior Professional Women’s Association Department of Defense Woman of the Year for 2010.   Jill’s daughter Captain Gwynn Miller is also in the military, currently serving in Germany.

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Being a Next MAKER
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Knowing When to Let Go
Chambers discusses the importance of letting go of things that aren't her responsibility in order to do the best job when it matters most.

Women in the Military
Chambers talks about women's roles in the military, the myth of quotas and how everyone's in it together.

Treating PTS
Chambers talks about being diagnosed with PTS, finding a non-pharmaceutical way to deal with it and changing treatment options for others.

9/11 at the Pentagon
Chambers recalls her experience at the Pentagon on the morning of September 11, 2001.

Obeying A Female Commander
Chambers remembers the only time she ran into a problem with being a female commander in the military and how she remedied the situation and took charge of 250 soldiers.

Following Her Dream
Chambers reveals the moment  that she predicted her future in the military at the age of 10.

Overcoming Fear
Chambers talks about overcoming her fear of heights to become the only female to earn her wings in Air Assault School.