At the WNYC studio in Manhattan

At the WNYC studio in Manhattan

I’m Kristen L. Rouse, and True Boots is my personal blog.  All of the opinions here are my own, and do not represent anyone else.  All photos are also mine, unless otherwise noted.

I’m an Army veteran, advocate, writer, speaker, loggie, hiker, and politically-minded Brooklynite. This blog represents my own ideas and no one else’s.

My full(er) bio:

Kristen L. Rouse is an experienced leader, writer, speaker, instructor, logistician, consultant, and program manager, with career emphasis on military and disaster logistics. She advocates for military veterans and civilians affected by war. Her academic background is in literature, history, and public policy. She has appeared on MSNBC, BBC, Al Jazeera America, and NPR news programs. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Tampa Bay Times, Talking Points Memo, and Salon. She is currently writing a novel depicting life during war in Afghanistan.

To see full listings of my publications, interviews, and appearances, see my Essays, Quotes, Speaking, and TV & Radio pages.

Why True Boots?

True Boots is about experiences on the ground.  It’s about walking in the footsteps of those who’ve come before.  It’s about keeping pace with what’s happening now.  It’s about blazing a trail toward what lies ahead.

Thanks for reading and visiting.  Please come back.

9 thoughts on “About

  1. Thanks for your work!

    I lived In Pakistan as a child.. The three million odd refugees around Karachi changed my life forever. I still carry their weight in my life…..and gave me a social consciousness for thenplightnof women, children, and the aged, that informed my life. Thanks for using your experience so responsibly!


  2. love your blog, thank you for your service and for sharing with those of us who benefit quietly because of people like you…we don’t say thank you enough. pass word on to all with whom you work that there are many of us who think of you often, but have no way of saying thank you, just know that you are thought of and appreciated much more than you realize.


  3. I’ve nominated you for the sunshine award. I realize you probably won’t have time to respond. But I’m glad to have found you and doing this will have passed your blog on to others who will hopefully be inspired as well. Cheers!


  4. Kristen, I saw an interview with you on TV this morning. What a wonderfully articulate young woman you are. I immediately thought, “What an advocate for our dear returning Vets. She should be traveling and speaking all across the US.” Then I found out you are! I was very impressed with your your passionate, articulate support of Vets. Watching you I thought, “There is a young woman I would be pleased to call my friend — a real human; a real American!” Many blessings on you and the work you are doing. Saying thank you for your service seems so little compared to what you have done for me without my even knowing, but I do thank you many times over.


  5. Kristen you look familiar…have you ever lived in New Orleans? I was part of the 4010th US Army Hospital in the mid 90’s… maybe it was you? At any rate, congratulations excellent blog.


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