Kanishka Sonthalia (b. 1990) is an independent documentary photographer currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Her current project, A Visceral Sense, is based on the idea of dignity in birth and empowers non-traditional black families through...
“Everybody needs an outlet and I don’t have one. I listen to everyone else’s problems and try to work out their issues with them but sometimes you’re internalizing and yet you’re unaware of it", says Kenya Coates (41).
The mental and physical needs of women are quite often different from that of male veterans. 10% of the veterans population in the U.S. are women. While the transition from service to civilian life can be difficult to cope with, there are different support systems for women veterans to help them through this period. Boxing, a male-dominated form of sport is one such gateway for these women. The Department of Veteran Affairs along with the Gleason’s Gym has created a program to train veterans in boxing. These women instantly find this sport as a safe space and an outlet to disengage from their past and present obstacles.