I’m a United States Navy Veteran and on Veterans Day I spend time with my family quietly honoring the many family members, friends and even strangers, that have served (and in some cases died for) our country. I usually take a minute to reflect back on my time served in the military, and how I feel about being honored among those that call themselves veterans. I’ve always had a hard time trying to pin down my feelings and thoughts about what Veterans Day means to me, partly because I don’t feel like a ‘real’ vet. I didn’t see combat, I was just a simple aircraft mechanic who served mostly during peacetime. Do I have the right to call myself a veteran? Was what I did during my military service worthy of that honor? And then, as I often do, I ponder how being a veteran relates to my current work as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and Executive Director of Breastfeeding in Combat Boots. I have come to realize that were it not for my military service and yes, the struggles I faced as a woman in a male-dominated workplace who breastfed against some incredible odds, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I have my military service to thank for making me the person I am today, someone with the ability to help mothers currently serving in the military!