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Colonel Jill Chambers (U.S. Army, Retired) | V-WISE
Date: April 8, 2016 Category:

Colonel Jill Chambers (U.S. Army, Retired)

JillChambersA service disabled veteran (post-traumatic stress) and survivor of the Pentagon attack on 9/11, Chambers, U.S. Army (R), served four Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the final eight years of her nearly 30-year, groundbreaking Army career.

As recently as March of 2015, Chambers was inducted into the Army Women’s Hall of Fame for her work delivering integrative and complimentary tools to veterans that will empower them to take charge of their health.

In 2007, she became the first “Special Assistant to the Chairman for Returning Warrior Issues” when then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, asked her to create a team, lead a focused study and offer recommendations regarding the challenges faced by wounded warriors across all branches of the military. What she discovered was that there were an extraordinary number of active duty personnel, veterans and family members who were silently and needlessly suffering from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries. With evidence in hand, her team presented their unique vision to then Army Chief of Staff General Casey as the military’s strongest opportunity to care for the record number of men and women in all branches of service facing traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress. Within a year, the Army birthed the “Comprehensive Soldier Fitness” program, the first holistic approach to wellness in the history of the military. Since the Army launched its program in 2009, all branches of the military have adopted similar strategies. Chambers “relaunched” in 2009 after her 30-year Army career and translated her skills into the creation of her successful business This Able Vet, LLC, providing free complimentary and integrative tools to empower veterans and military family members to take charge of their health.

Other select recognitions and awards include selection as the Senior Professional Women’s Association Department of Defense Woman of the Year for 2010, the Public Spirit Award in 2012 from the American Legion Auxiliary, and “Next Maker” by AOL and PBS in 2012. Additionally, Chambers is a sought out speaker. Most recently,

Chambers spoke to key groups in the Republic of Georgia to include the Minister of Defense, the Ambassador, two medical universities and their military school to assist their country in understanding and providing tools for addressing the challenges for post-traumatic stress.

Chambers is a Master Resilience Trainer through the U.S. Army, a Certified Wellness Coach and a HeartMath Mentor through the HeartMath Institute.

Chambers is married to country music star Michael Peterson. Their daughter CPT Gwynn Workmaster is currently serving as “B” Company Commander of the 30th AG Reception Battalion, Fort Benning, GA. She took command after a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan in 2013.