Kirsten Holmstedt

Jen Johnson and Dr. L. Kyle Horton are the founders of the Invisible Wounds of War project.  Jen Johnson, MS, MFA, LPC is a writer, photographer, and mindfulness teacher and counselor.  Dr. Horton is a Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician and former Primary Care Provider at the McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond.  

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s announcement to lift the combat ban for women serving in the military came as no surprise to author Kirsten Holmstedt. The Iraq War started while she was working on her MFA in creative writing at UNCW in 2003. She heard about women serving in the line of fire and decided to collect their stories first-hand.