Kayla Williams and Lindsay Church

Kayla Williams is Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security. She previously served as Director of the Center for Women Veterans at VA, where she focused on policies, programs, and legislation affecting women veterans. She was enlisted for five years and wrote the memoirs Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army and Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War.

Lindsay Church is the Executive Director and co-founder of Minority Veterans of America. She is a queer, gender non-conforming U.S. Navy veteran who served for four years as a Persian-Farsi linguist before being medically retired. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern Language and Civilization and Islamic Studies and a Master’s degree in International Relations with a focus on the Middle East.