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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].”

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