Healing from the wounds of war takes time. For some women warriors, that journey begins at sea. Sergeant Mea Peterson knows what it's like to be among a small group of women in a military dominated by men.
So when women were invited to this year's annual War Heroes on Water tournament — a three-day deep-sea fishing trip for veterans wounded in combat — the Iraq war vet felt right at home. "It's team-building and it also goes back to some of the military experiences that I've had as well," Peterson said.
Peterson received a Purple Heart after being injured in 2005 but says returning home was sometimes the hardest part.
"It wasn't really known, some of the aspects of returning from a war and knowing what that would look like...I was angry a lot, I was frustrated, I thought there was something wrong with me," Peterson said.