Jill W. Chambers
Colonel Jill W. Chambers, U.S. Army, Retired is the Founder of This Able Vet LLC. She served four chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff over an eight-year period. In 2007, she was selected to serve as special assistant to current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, to conduct a focused study of wounded warrior issues, specifically in the areas of post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Chambers built a team and spent 18 months traveling the U.S., where she witnessed firsthand the often heart-breaking difficulties facing returning warriors, many of whom experienced multiple deployments. Understanding the urgency for both real-time solutions and long-term prevention strategies, Chambers imagined and assembled an unprecedented strategy and team, including world-renowned psychologist Martin Seligman and immediate past U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, leading expert in health literacy, with the hope of increasing resiliency in service members before they face adversity, and reducing the stigma surrounding PTS for the invisibly wounded.
She is widely recognized as the first person in the history of the U.S. military to develop a successful, sustainable strategy designed to reduce the crippling stigma associated with mental health challenges in a warrior culture. Her clear vision, comprehensive experience, understanding of the issues at hand, willingness to think laterally and dogged determination laid the groundwork for the development and adoption of the first holistic approach to wellness for our service members.
The Army subsequently developed the “Comprehensive Soldier Fitness” program, launched in 2009, and created an unprecedented number of messages via Armed Forces Radio and Television declaring and encouraging the “Permission to Speak” across all branches of military service.
Retiring in 2009, after 28 years of active duty, Chambers “re-launched” as founder of This Able Vet LLC, where she continues her commitment to real-time solutions and long-term strategies working with non-pharmaceutical alternatives for PTS. She serves on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs and The American Legion TBI/PTS Ad Hoc Committee.
Additionally, in recognition of her rare gifts as a leader and her many groundbreaking accomplishments over 30 years of service; she was selected as the Senior Professional Women’s Association DOD Woman of the Year for 2010.