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Women.  We do it all.  Dance backwards in heels.   Look soft in a dress and tough in grubs.  Give birth, raise the children.  Keep up the house, make it a home.  Keep the job, bring in a paycheck. Enlist, fight the war right along side the men.

What?  What was that last part?

Yep, fight the war right along side the men.  Many of us become officers.  But all too often, there is yet something else that we do:  we have to go it alone and without help.  For unfortunately, when many female officers and leaders come home, they are told their military skills do not translate into the civilian world, but maybe they could get a job as a waitress or clerk some where.   Many single mothers have to go on assistance and too many become homeless.   Many despair.

Sadly, this happens to many military men who return home as well.  But one specific group’s focus is on our women veterans.  Not because our men veterans are not worthy of mention…but because one specific group believes our women are as well.:  the Business & Professional Women’s Foundation.  It learned of these women veterans and not only listened to their stories, but heard them.

“Job instability is just one of many challenges women veterans can face upon their return to civilian life. Our nation’s ‘sheroes’ deserve better,” said Deborah Frett, CEO of the BPW Foundation. “We’re helping women veterans translate their talents by linking them to scholarships and professional development opportunities that can open doors to a rewarding career.”

Joining Forces for Women Veterans is a national campaign from the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation (BPW).  The campaign supports women veterans in their transition from military to civilian life.  The campaign encompasses knowledge sharing from many sources, including homeless veterans.  Health organizations are involved as well, making the BPW’s campaign holistic and comprehensive in its approach.  Building this coalition of various types of organizations involving both the public and private sectors, is a great approach to problem solving, providing support for any veteran overwhelmed by trying to transition from military back to civilian work.

Besides career development workshops and other tools, $46K in scholarships has been offered to women veterans to receive the specialized training or certification they need to obtain meaningful civilian jobs.  The Foundation also reports that it will connect women veterans with resources, mentors and support systems through a web-based Career Center and resource center, Facebook and Twitter.

Women veterans interested in information about this campaign, or employers interested in getting involved with the campaign should send an email to foundation@bpwfoundation.org.

Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation is a 501(c) (3) research and education organization that is transforming the workplace for women and employers. Through groundbreaking research and as a convener of employers and employees, BPW Foundation leads the way in developing and advocating for polices and programs that “work” for both women and businesses. www.bpwfoundation.org.

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