About Us

A Community of
Shared Experiences
and Lasting Bonds

Our Mission: Empowering and Uniting Female Veterans

The United In Sisterhood (UIS) organization was created to support female veterans. It was established to offer female veterans the opportunity to share military experiences – good and bad – in a safe space with others who can relate to the special language we share, to learn from one another, to laugh and smile, to empower one another, to grow and build lasting bonds, to gain knowledge about useful resources and most importantly, to know that you are NEVER alone.

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We survive by lifting each other up.

Core Values

To that end we model courage, we champion courage, we share stories of courageous acts by our supporters and allies, we invite people out of their comfort zones to take courageous action with us, individually in their daily lives, and in community with others who share our commitment to a better world.

Founder Story

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 oftenoverlooked 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.

They stand up and take action together

That it’s rooted in courage, optimism, and creativity. That when people who believe in those things band together, when they stand up and take action together, their courage is compounded, it becomes contagious. Their voices are amplified, their stories ripple out to change the world. The old stories are failing us – the stories of infinite growth in a finite world. The stories that tell us we can consume our way to happiness.