Coast Guard Veteran Kimberly Young-McLear, PhD: The Courage of Saying "I Matter"

Coast Guard Veteran Kimberly Young-McLear, PhD offers insight and advice to young people considering a career — short or long — in the military, most importantly, to stay true to one's personal values above all else.

Posted on BrainLine February 10, 2023. Reviewed February 10, 2023.

About the author: Kimberly Young-McLear, Ph.D.

Kimberly Young-McLear, Ph.D. served in the United States Coast Guard from 2003 to 2023. In 2014, Commander Young-McLear became a whistleblower when she reported gross and unlawful misconduct within the U.S. Coast Guard. Commander Young-McLear’s advocacy has resulted in more than 30 policy improvements across the Coast Guard making the Coast Guard better reflect of U.S. values and increasing compliance with anti-harassment and anti-discrimination laws.

Kimberly Young-McLear in uniform