Newsletter

Stay up to date with the latest from MAKERS delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for new stories from trailblazing women, a big dose of inspiration, and exclusive MAKERS content.

Newsletter Confirmation

Thank you for joining! Please check your inbox for our special welcome letter
with exclusive updates from MAKERS.

MAKERS Moment

Overcoming Fear

Overcoming Fear

More From Jill

In this video

Tagged as

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

Jill's Biography

iPad or Note Pad?:  iPad    
Diplomatic or Direct?: Diplomatic    
Book Smart or Street Smart?: Street smart    
Prepare or Cram?: Prepare

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.

Related Videos

Marian Wright Edelman
Marian Wright Edelman
Founder, Children's Defense Fund

Marian Wright Edelman is a renowned activist who has been fighting for the rights of children for the last 40 years. Through the Children’s Defense Fund that she established ...

Maureen Towey
Maureen Towey
Theater Director

Maureen Towey is a Brooklyn-based director, specializing in visual and performance-based projects and serves as the Creative Director for the indie rock band, Arcade Fire. She also...

Kelly Clark
Kelly Clark
Olympic Snowboarder

Kelly Clark is a two-time Olympic medalist. She won the gold in 2002 and the bronze in 2010. A trailblazer in women's snowboarding, Clark has upped the game for her sport, push...

Christy Haubegger
Christy Haubegger
Founder, Latina Magazine

Christy Haubegger is the founder of Latina magazine, the first of its kind. Born to a Mexican-American mother and adopted by a "tall blond family" at a very small age, Ha...