Nuestras Voces: Plíticas With Latinas and Native American Female Veterans From Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom on Alternative Healing Methods in Post-Deployment

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2023

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Rodriguez, Adelmira N.

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This qualitative study explores Chicana/Latinas and Native American women who deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) or Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). This study focuses on Indigenous alternative healing methods and utilized by Indigenous people to heal the body, mind, and soul. The female veterans in this study are survivors' no longer victims. They survived sexual hostility, rape, sexual harassment, and loss of extremities due to combat exposure. As a Curandera Researcher, Chicana feminist, and combat Army veteran from the Iraq war, I focused on the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and military sexual trauma (MST), particularly during the Covid-19 global pandemic when, veterans lacked medical health guidance and the rate of suicide increased. It is estimated 17.2 veterans are committing suicide daily (DVA. 2021). The research provides an insight on alternative healing methods that Chicana/Latinas and Native American female veterans utilized to self-heal and find their way home from war. Anzaldua's theory of the seven stages of conocimiento were essential in this research to analyze the women's healing journeys.

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Military sexual trauma, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Susto, Curanderismo, Anzalduan theory, Chicana feminism

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Bicultural-Bilingual Studies