A woman whose been unafraid to tell her story, one many trans woman can relate to, is coming to Richmond’s Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center this weekend.
The famed transgender activist and former Navy SEAL will speak before a public audience as part of the McGuire’s LGBT Committee program.
A project of social worker and McGuire employee Terri Wulf-Heller and members of McGuire’s LGBT Committee, Beck’s appearance will give the veteran a chance to share her story with Richmonders.
Kristin’s journey in search of the American ideals that she protected have a whole new meaning as she lives her life truthfully as a transgender woman.
She served for over 20 years as a member of the elite special forces Navy SEALs on SEAL Team 1 as well as the United States Special Warfare Development Group, what many in the public refer to as SEAL Team Six.
Though she retired in 2011 with the rank of Senior Chief, Beck continued high-level clearance work for the United States government and the Pentagon.
Beck hid her true identity throughout and after her service knowing she would lose it all if anyone were to know her secret. But in 2013, a year and a half after retirement, she came out publicly first on LinkedIn and on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360.
Many friends, colleagues and family were taken by surprise. Now, in a new documentary film made with the help of CNN, ”Lady Valor” brings exclusive interviews from Kristin’s family and friends about her service. It also includes exclusive footage of Chris Beck in training and combat.
After a lifetime of service, Kristin has learned that her fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness did not end on the battlefield and on Friday, August 14th at noon, Kristin Beck will speak at McGuire’s about her struggles.
The event happens at: 1201 Broad Rock Boulevard in the Multi-Purpose Room (first floor, near the cafeteria)
This event is free and open to the public, veterans, VA staff and community partners.