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New book ‘Camouflaged Sisters’ tells the stories of 14 black military women 

GETTYArticle By Andre' Anderson // EEW Magazine Reporter

A group of women who boldly served our nation have come together to share their unique experiences in a new book

What is it like for black women serving in the military?

A new book, Camouflaged Sisters, composed by 14 servicewomen turned authors, answers that question.

“For many years our voice has been silenced, and we need to be heard. We need to be seen. We need to be known,” said one of the authors, Luvina Sabree, in an interview with Fort Hood Herald.

The Killeen, TX resident served four years in the Army and four years in the National Guard.

Lila Holley, a local Army veteran of 22 years and self-published author of Battle Buddy, came up with the idea for the book.

“I wanted to get other women’s perspectives on the military experience,” she said. “I started asking my circle of sisters, and the right ones just came on board. The book, although it was written by 14 African-American women and our experiences, any service member can relate [to it].”

Covering five different areas: leadership, balance, mentorship, faith and transitioning, the writers are hoping Camouflaged Sisters will paint a balanced picture.

Capt. Shirley LaTour, now a nurse and one of the writers, said she joined the Army at 17 years old hoping to escape her troubled home and be given a real chance at a college education.

In the book, LaTour, who writes in the section about faith, says, “Although I’ve had many challenges, because I do believe in God, he’s the only reason why I’ve ever made it this far.”

Now that Holley’s vision has now come to life in book form, what does she want readers to take away? “I want people, when they read the book, to understand that while we have all had success in our own rights, we’ve had to fight hard for that success, and our stories are no different from yours," she said.

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