Today we’d like to introduce you to Kerri Jeter.
Hi Kerri, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I am an Army Veteran, served 12 years, a wife to a 26-year Army Veteran, a mom of five (2 who live in Baltimore), business owner, and a champion for military-connected women. After deployment, I moved to Fort Meade to be the lead for HomeTown News and serve in the Maryland National Guard. After a bit, I was transferred to Washington State. I continued to serve and won the title of Ms. Veteran America in 2015 and advocated for homeless female veterans, a pivotal role in cultivating the work I am doing today.
I saw the struggle and resilience of my sisters-in-arms and the empowerment we can be for one another. As the fastest-growing segment in the veteran community, women veterans are still vastly underserved and resource both in and out of the uniform. It is really up to us to champion other women who serve, are serving, or want to serve in the future.
So I launched Freedom Sisters Media and publish a monthly magazine, host a podcast, produce other digital media, and host events so women can discover the opportunities available to them. We have 42 women veteran writers and are expanding into print subscriptions in 2022.
As an Army officer and former Public Affairs Professional, I am uniquely equipped to lead the writers (many not journalists) to curate amazing content every month. We are having a blast as a team and every story we share, uncover or explore is about the women-centric experience!
We launched a new website www.freedomsistersmagazine.com for all the latest issues and events.
Our magazine is also great for brands to connect with the women veteran community!
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
If I am being honest, anything worth having and fighting for takes a lot of work and grit. If it were easy we would see a million monthly publications for women veterans. We have only one other woman veteran-specific publication and it is published quarterly.
The rhythm is fast and the process robust, we have writers from all over the world contributing. Our magazine is still rather new, so we are still working tirelessly to get the word out that we are here and we are excited about the continued growth and success.
The road hasn’t been smooth but it’s been worth every mile.
Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Freedom Sisters Media?
Freedom Sisters was started as a podcast but we knew we wanted to share stories through audio, print, digital formats, videos, books, and events. We were going to do a documentary, but with COVID we shifted gears and started our magazine.
The Freedom Sisters Magazine, a unifying publication that strengthens women veteran voices by curating stories that inspire and honor their service; celebrate the legacy of women’s service; assist with successful transitions and create community through collaborations and empowerment.
We started Freedom Sisters Magazine in 2021 to create a more compassionate, progressive, and equitable society through storytelling. We are the leading unifying publication for the veteran women segment and equip women across the military with actionable articles; informative lessons on underutilized resources; empowerment in employment, and opportunities to build community.
We are unique because we are the only monthly publication for military women exclusively. Every story is written about a woman who served and written by a woman vet! I am most proud of the women who have joined the adventure and have grown in their writing skills to empower our community.
I am most proud of our new logo and the three-tier model we are starting in 2022 with the magazine—it is public validation of our growth!
We really believe in the women who served and want them to be seen, heard, known so they can reach their maximum potential in their own story—our work is driven to help women vets not feel alone, hopeless, or invisible.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was very curious, I escaped in books and I was determined to live a life of purpose. I was a natural leader and poor, so I longed to improve my surroundings and show the world that a poor girl from Idaho, can make a difference.
I wanted to be my own hero, raise my kids well and serve others. I was an athlete, running point guard in basketball, and setter for volleyball.
I wanted to do all things (and did), sports, orchestra, choir, community theater, student body politics, and was an honor roll student.
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