United In Sisterhood Founder

United In Sisterhood

Detrel Howell enlisted in the United States Army in January 1987. She trained at Fort Jackson, SC and Fort Harrison, IN – having the best time of her life being challenged both, physically and mentally. She served through January 1995 and was honorably discharged at the rank of E-4/Specialist. She was attached to the 800th Military Police Brigade Unit out of Uniondale, NY when she deployed to Saudi Arabia on December 24, 1990, and remained until July 1991. 

During that combat situation the physical and emotional challenges that she endured were not beneficial to her well-being as it had been years before during basic training. As a result of this, Detrel forged ahead with a mission to do more for female veterans. In 2019, while working toward completing the requirements of a Master of Divinity degree, Detrel was filled with overwhelming passion and commitment to establish United In Sisterhood, an organization solely dedicated to female veterans by filling them with positive encouragement. 

Detrel’s mission for the organization is to bring supportive services to this often–overlooked population through inspiration, encouragement, building lasting bonds, and also providing linkages to viable empowering resources.

Detrel is an active member of the National Association of Black Military Women, and has received a number of honors including being named in 2018 as the Veteran of the Game by the NY Mets during a televised presentation of the American flag by the organization’s star pitcher. She has also been awarded by the Queens County of New York’s Borough President for her dedication to female veterans.

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Awards and Recognition

Detrel Howell’s remarkable journey as a dedicated veteran and advocate for female Veterans has earned her well-deserved recognition and prestigious awards. These accolades stand as a testament to Detrel’s outstanding contributions and commitment to empowering and uplifting her fellow SisterVeterans through her organization, United In Sisterhood.


Warrior Women's Brunch


Al Maseer Court


Queens District Attorney Award


Citation of Honor

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Using the science of brain development, CUPS provides integrated programs and services that help our clients manage adversity and build resilience. We focus on strategies that lead to lasting change, and we work with partners who are shaping better outcomes for generations to come.

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