“Vanquishing The Invisible”
An Independent Portrait Project  by James R Morrison and J Mara Morrison
Vanquishing The Invisible will be displayed at the California State Fair during Military and
Veteran Appreciation Day, July 18th continuing on July 19th in the Fine Arts Building 7
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Thank you for your interest in “Vanquishing the Invisible”. From the beginning, you recognized the value and importance of bringing these portraits and stories to the public. We truly appreciate your support and we look forward to seeing you at a future event.
Danielle Marshall
U.S. Air Force
Originally from Oakland, California, I am a wife, mother of two, and avid community supporter. A United States Air Force Veteran, I served as a Clinical Lab Technologist at Travis Air Force Base between 1998 and 2004. In addition, I served as a Senior Core Lab Technician, Blood Donor UTC member, Clinical Laboratory Phase II Trainer, and Nurse Transition Phlebotomy Instructor.
As a business consultant, I specialize in assisting small companies in business development, organizational management, and leadership training. l have found my passion in the world of fashion where I assist others in understanding the importance of presenting themselves as professionals to the world. I enjoy working with fellow veterans to help them develop a personal, professional style while embracing their own individuality, fully understanding the struggles and obstacles they face when they go from military uniforms to the corporate world.  
I was blessed to have several strong women influence my life while growing up. My mother is beautiful, a successful entrepreneur, and my hero. I have close relationships with four grandmothers and three great-grandmothers. Through these women, I learned strength, compassion, hard work, class, and grace. My grandma Alice a VA Nurse had the most intriguing shoe collection. Grandmother Louise was a relaxed woman and called things like she saw them with a comforting voice. My great-grandmother Alice was wise, and composed, with an excellent memory and at over 100 years old, a wonderful sense of humor. My grandmother Anita is the fashionista. Growing up, I watched her make a positive impact as a community leader in pencil skirts, suits, and heels. She’d sometimes called me her glamour girl. Clearly, it stuck. So much of who I am is because of who they are. As I continue to carry on their legacies I see my work as unfinished.
During my military career many of the values of the strong women I was raised by were reinforced. The Air Force taught me to put the service to others before myself and to always pay attention to the details. Every day there was always a sense of purpose: to serve the greater good and make a positive impact.
We received the highest praise on the surveys and in personal comments affirming this project touches viewers in a deep and profound way. Their use of words like, “powerful”, “enlightening”, “passionate”, “thought-provoking”, and (we really liked this one) “take it national” reinforces our belief in this critically important exhibit.
However, “Vanquishing the Invisible” cannot continue - or grow - its outreach without your support. We would be honored if you would take a moment to help fund this project.
There’s so much more we can accomplish if we do it together. Your support will help others attend future exhibits and continue the outreach to new audiences.
Thanks to you, these stories and portraits are possible.

If you would like to honor Women Veterans and help educate future generations on the legacy of women in the military, please DONATE

“Women Veterans are often assumed to be spouses of a veteran. We are on a mission to change that assumption. Working together, we can not only change perceptions but bring to light the vast achievements and contributions our women veterans make every day. Impacting a woman veteran’s life not only positively changes her life, but also her family’s and the community in which she lives.”         Melissa Washington, Founder of Women Veterans Alliance
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