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November 11, 2016

Veterans Put Pen To Paper To Share Their Stories

Laura Westley discusses creating War Virgin on WBUR (NPR) 90.9 – Here & Now
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November 9, 2016

My Inability To Accept A Trump Presidency

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/582094d0e4b044f827a79075?timestamp=1478530489551 My best friend believes that Hillary Clinton will win the Presidential election and is concerned about how I may react if that doesn’t happen, and Donald Trump pulls the upset. My friend believes his job is to adapt to either outcome and is thoroughly prepared to do so. Up until this point, I have...
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November 3, 2016

Q&A with Laura Westley

Laura Westley is a West Point graduate, former U.S. Army Captain and Iraq War veteran. We spoke with her recently about her experience as a veteran, discussing her sense of identity, her connections to mental health efforts, and her story War Virgin, expressed both on the page and the stage.
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November 2, 2016

Veteran tackles important themes in War Virgin

Westley’s superiors created a sexually charged environment that made her feel incredibly uncomfortable.
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October 30, 2016

Business Talk with Jim Campbell

West Point Grad Laura Westley Goes to The Iraq War – “War Virgin” and Her Journey to Liberation
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October 27, 2016

War, Sex and Musical Theater

Laura Westley talks — and sings — about going to war as a virgin
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October 18, 2016

The Dangers of Making Religion and Politics Taboo

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/580617c6e4b08ddf9ece1004?timestamp=1477410919212 Society implores us to not discuss religion and politics in public, especially in the workplace. I think stifling these topics is more dangerous than instigating a public conversation that may prompt dissent. Religion and politics bode to either protect or destroy a population, and despite the separation of church and state, or any rhetoric...
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October 18, 2016

The dichotomy: Female sexual pleasure vs. the respect of American bro culture

Laura shares a gut-wrenching article on the dichotomy of wanting to experience pleasure in the tough environment of the pervasive “bro culture” in our country. http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/10/14/the-dichotomy-female-sexual-pleasure-vs-the-respect-of-american-bro-culture/
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September 22, 2016

In ‘War Virgin,’ a meditation on the female military experience

In ‘War Virgin,’ a meditation on the female military experience https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2016/09/20/war-virgin-meditation-female-military-experience/isbyR3n6DTbDEPpyjEFvDO/story.html
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September 20, 2016

Dunedin veteran opens up about sexual harassment in musical, book

Laura Westley opens up about sexual harassment and other important themes in her memoir and musical comedy show, War Virgin. http://www.tampabay.com/news/military/dunedin-veteran-opens-up-about-sexual-harassment-in-musical-book/2293874
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September 13, 2016

Time for a new approach to sexual harassment, assault in the military

Sexual Harassment is rampant in all of our nation’s industries. Laura Westley, aka War Virgin, candidly depicts her own experiences in the US Army, including how she adapted and accepted harassment as a survival technique. Here Laura suggests how to improve the culture in the military and address this destructive epidemic. https://www.airforcetimes.com/articles/time-for-a-new-approach-to-sexual-harassment-assault-in-the-military
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September 13, 2016

A liberation story: How 9/11 and the Iraq war led me to discover my own freedom

9/11 impacted our entire world. Here Laura Westley, aka War Virgin, describes how 9/11 and its aftermath led to her own freedom. http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/09/12/a-liberation-story-how-911-and-the-iraq-war-led-me-to-discover-my-own-freedom/?wp_login_redirect=0
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March 10, 2016

Dear VA: This is how you address the suicide epidemic

As published in The Hill, February 18, 2016 Not owning a gun helped saved my life. When I attempted suicide two years ago, fortunately I had nothing dangerous enough at home to end my life before realizing that something deep within me still wanted to live. My lack of firepower allowed me to negotiate myself...
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February 5, 2016

Radio Show Guest – That Business Show with Jamie Meloni

Radio Show Guest – That Business Show with Jamie Meloni War Virgin discusses her Book, Show and Military Mental Health Consultancy with Radio Show Host Jamie Meloni.  Also enjoy 2 of her song parodies.
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April 23, 2015

Tampa Bay Creative Loafing – Interview with a War Virgin

Interview with a War Virgin — a conversation with the comedy’s director CL chats with West Point grad Laura Westley about her new show, War Virgin. Posted By SETH PETERSON on Sat, Apr 18, 2015 at 6:05 PM War Virgin Sun., April 19, 5:30-9 p.m., at The Studio at 620, St Petersburg Wed., April 22,...
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April 18, 2015

The Tampa Tribune – April 17th 2015

New Port Richey veteran tells her story in musical comedy By Howard Altman | Tribune Staff Published: April 17, 2015   |   Updated: April 17, 2015 at 07:52 PM “War Virgin” is a musical comedy that draws its inspiration through a New Port Richey veteran’s journey of sexual awakening. Written by Laura Westley, a...
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April 18, 2015

ARTICULATE Creatve Pinellas – April 2015

Not Your Average War Story Behind the scenes with the War Virgin By DANIELLE DAVIS on April 17, 2015 10:51 AM It isn’t often a veteran breaks the unspoken code of silence to debrief the entire populace about their time in combat. It is even less likely they would discuss the sexual frustrations of serving...
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November 30, 2012

Washington Post Op-Ed, November 23, 2012

Laura shares her story about her experiences at West Point in this Washington Post article: No sex? Permission to speak freely, Sir. West Pointers are human beings, even those with names such as David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell. I think I have the standing to make this declaration, because I’m a fellow graduate. West Point...
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November 14, 2012

Boston Globe: War Virgin’s “Out of a Cannon” Performance

This month – a special guest appearance from “Katy Perry!” (Ok – maybe War Virgin’s impersonation!) Find out how West Point is the perfect breeding ground for training troops in “covert missions,” if you know what I mean… Out of a Cannon Every month, The War Virgin delivers a new “shocking, tell-all account of the...
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October 11, 2012

October 31, 2012

War Virgin Comedy / Storytelling Shows Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 7 PM – 9 PM The Living Room 101 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02110-3702 617-723-5101 Admission ($12 at the door)
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September 25, 2012

Boston-Area To Do List

EVENTS:  September 25, 2012| Posted by: June Wulff PICK OF THE DAY : War stories With a last name of Cannon, it’s fitting that the comedian is linked with the military. Laura Cannon is an Iraq veteran who shares her funny and shocking stories at War Virgin Comedy. The show will enlighten you on how...
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