I Am Not Invisible
The I Am Not Invisible (IANI) awareness campaign began as a program featuring twenty photographs of Oregon women who were military veterans. Now a nationwide program, the IANI campaign strives to increase awareness and generate dialogue about the role of women veterans.
By spotlighting the many faces of this diverse and important segment of the veteran community, I Am Not Invisible exhibits across the country aim to increase awareness and dialogue about women veterans, as well as open viewers’ eyes to the myriad levels of expertise of women veterans. The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs through the Wisconsin Veterans Museum created their IANI exhibit centered around a photograph of the woman veteran accompanied by a quote tied to their military service.
Short interviews were held with Wisconsin women veterans who participated in the Wisconsin I Am Not Invisible Campaign from January 17 to 18, 2019. During that time, US Veterans Affairs photographer, Eugene Russell, took photographs featured here as part of the nationwide Veterans Affairs I Am Not Invisible campaign. These photographs will travel as banner exhibits throughout the state of Wisconsin beginning in the Wisconsin State Capitol Rotunda from November 7 to 15, 2019, as part of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Traveling Exhibit program. For more information or to inquire about this traveling exhibit availability call (608) 261-0541 or email TravelingExhibits@dva.wisconsin.gov.
On November 20, 2018, a Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs team comprised of Rachelle Halaska, Ellen Brooks, and Tiffany Koehler, also began to shape a special IANI oral history project for the Wisconsin Veterans Museum (WVM) Oral History Program. The purpose of this project was to complete longer oral history interviews with the IANI participants in order to give them an opportunity to share their stories at length and add the stories to the museum collections.
These oral history interviews are featured below. Please note work on the IANI oral history project is still being compiled and more content will be forthcoming.
Before you click! Be advised, these interviews may contain potentially disturbing content related to combat as well as sensitive material relating to PTSD, trauma, sexual assault, and moral injury. We appreciate the bravery of the narrators in sharing their stories—please be respectful when engaging with these interviews.
Click on the image for the oral history: