This Veteran’s Day we’re sending a shout out to all Latinas who have served in the armed forces and protected our country. You might not know many stories of Latina veterans, but these ladies are becoming a much more integral part of our military. While about 11% of troops in the armed forces are Latino, Latinos comprise a higher percent of new recruits at 17%, marking a shift in the demographic makeup of what the United States army looks like. And get this—the National Association of American Veterans states that more Latina women are serving in the army than Latino men! It’s clear that Latina involvement is on the rise, but how are they making their mark in #herstory in a field traditionally dominated by men.
For Dyan Gibbens, becoming a lieutenant in the Air Force was just her start. Since then she has founded Trumbull Unmanned, a sustainable energy company leveraging drone technology to better manage natural resources. She’s the only Latina to make the list of Forbes Top 25 Veteran Founded Companies, but is working to change that and increase Latina entrepreneurship. She sat alongside President Trump in a Women in Business Roundtable Discussion and was a strong advocate for ways to encourage Latinas to get involved in STEM.