Laura Naylor Colbert: Soldier, Author, Badger

This week, I interviewed Laura Naylor Colbert. She is a veteran who served in Iraq in 2003 for 16 months, a UW Madison Alum, and now a middle school principal. Our conversation explored her book: Sirens: How to Pee Standing Up, as well as where her life picked up after book ends.

Laura’s book was recently nominated for a bronze medal in the Military Writer’s Society of America 2020 Awards Ceremony! Her self-narrated audio book will be coming out November 30th! The amazon link to her book is below.

Laura is a wonderful human being with a TON of stories from her time deployed in Iraq. She talks about her experience going to basic training, and then getting deployed to Iraq. She touches on her mindset and mantras she used during difficult times throughout her time in Iraq, and she discusses the many differences in Iraqi culture. She also opens up about the difficulties of PTSD coming back to the US. Her perspectives are extremely insightful and provide a unique perspective from a soldier.

Half-way into the interview, we discuss her book writing experience and her travels after coming home. She took a year of exploring called her “Year of Laura.” She also ended up living in England as a teacher! We also discuss her current role as a middle school principal.

This conversation is one you will not want to miss!

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