Jennifer Brookland

Veterans Fellow

Jennifer grew up in Baltimore and studied International Politics and African Studies at Georgetown University. She commissioned into the U.S. Air Force and spent four years as a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations in North Carolina and Maryland, with a deployment to Djibouti and the Comoros Islands. In that role, she led felony-level criminal investigations and supported fraud and counterintelligence efforts.

After separating from the Air Force, Jennifer earned a Master's Degree in journalism from Columbia University and a Master's Degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Jennifer spent three years producing content for international development organizations in D.C, highlighting aid work in countries including Tajikistan, Haiti, Honduras, India and Tanzania. She moved to Durham, N.C. in 2015 and began freelance writing, editing and producing for clients including the World Bank, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, North Carolina Public Radio and Our State magazine.

Ways to Connect

Female service members and veterans attend a Veterans Affairs Women's Health Transition Training event at Fort Carson, Col. in February. The training program now has moved online because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Neysa Canfield / U.S. Army

Women are the fastest growing subgroup among veterans. But many view the VA Health System as a place only for men.

Spc. Trent Bostic of the North Carolina National Guard examines and sorts produce at a Food Bank.
Hannah Tarkelly / U.S. Army National Guard

In some states, recruiters are reporting an uptick in the number of people who are expressing interest in joining the Guard.

Faculty at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill undergo training March 13 to teach their classes online. The university is one of many that have discontinued in-person classes.
Jon Gardiner / UNC-Chapel Hill

The VA informed student veterans they may become ineligible for GI Bill education and housing funds if their college transitions from in-person to online classes. Congress has quickly passed a fix.