BENEFITING: FINAL SALUTE
Donate to Final Salute: The funds that are raised here will give homeless female and their families a home to live in that they desperately need. It is easy to assume that veterans are being taken care of but that is far from the truth. $25 daily per woman Veteran (includes housing, case management, food, clothing, transportation, in-house financial education and counseling, and others essential services) Here are the facts: Veterans reported homeless- 47,000 Women veterans reported homeless- 4,338 Veterans reported unemployed- 495,000 Women veterans reported unemployed- 23,000 22 Million Veterans Total 2.2 Million Of Them Are WOMEN Veterans (All information received from www.finalsaluteinc.org) A Little About Me: As an elementary school student at the time, this would be one of the first memories of what it means to be a United States citizen, during a terrorist attack. My mother arrived at my elementary school to pick me up to take me to my grandparents’ house after the attack. She explained what had happened and that she and my father were now being mobilized to help with the aftermath of the attack. My mother is a flight nurse and my father is a tactical paramedic. I come from a home where responding to help and treating others, in their time of need, was an integral part of my daily life. As my school years continued, I balanced my academic life with a robust athletic schedule, all while finding time for church and school activities to help those less fortunate than myself. While pursuing a variety of athletic training strategies in high school, I had the chance to meet members of the military through Crossfit. At 17 I raised my right hand to join the Virginia National Guard and left for basic training instead of being a normal high school graduate going to senior week. At 20 years old I went on my first deployment to the Middle East, which caused me to realize how much I appreciated living in the United States. Upon returning I realized how little I was doing to help other female veterans. This is when I felt called to compete in Ms. Veteran America and help bring awareness, assistance, and aspiration to the homeless female veteran population.