BENEFITING: FINAL SALUTE
After over eight years of service in the military as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician I was fortunate to be able to choose to walk away and pursue other ways to continue to serve my countrymen. In 2014 I was honorably discharged and started my educational path to becoming a Marriage, Couple, and Family Counselor. The reason why I was so passionate about this profession is because I know there are many service men and women as well as their family that need someone to understand them, and may just need help to work their way through a hard time. Some people bear the scars from their service on their bodies and others you may not see. When you leave the service apart of you stays with it. Since I have been out I have found ways to help various foundations to help raise funds for EOD Wounded Warriors, Wounded Warriors and Vietnam Veterans. Today I would like to draw attention to Final Salute Inc. Until two weeks ago I did not know what impact this foundation was making in women veterans lives nor did I realize the unique challenges that women veterans were facing when they need assistance. The number of homeless women Veterans in the United States is estimated to be 55,000 (http://www.finalsaluteinc.org, 2016). Thanks to the Ms. Veteran America Organization word is getting out. As of January 7,2016 I have decided to commit my time and effort to taking part in the Ms. Veteran American competition. This competition is not a beauty pageant but a community effort to raise funds and awareness for these women veterans in need and raise up each other up. Please follow me in this 10-month journey of raising up women veterans. I will be post informative facts, fundraising events, events of my preparation for regional that will be held in Arlington National Cemetery (and hopefully finals in DC), and a little military history. If you are unfamiliar with Ms. Veteran America here is the link: http://www.msveteranamerica.org/. I hope to see more of my fellow service sisters sign up, and all of our brothers and sisters find a way to support this. Thank you.