The Ms. Veteran America 2015 was created to showcase “The Woman Beyond the Uniform“. Along with being Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, Sailors and Coasties; we are also Mothers, Wives, Daughters, and Sisters!
Proceeds from this event provides housing for homeless women Veterans and their children. The beneficiary of the Ms Veteran America competition is Final Salute, Inc., supporting homeless women Veterans and their children.
Final Salute Inc. was founded in 2010 by a woman Veteran and cancer survivor who became aware of the large number of homeless women Veterans in the United States. She realized a need for an organization that was designed to meet and understand the unique needs of homeless women Veterans and their children.
There are no longer front lines in war, however, female Veterans feel they are put at the end of line when seeking housing and other supportive services. Over 2,000,000 women have served with honor since the Revolutionary War.
They have fulfilled their obligations to their country; we now need to support them during their time of need.
With the help of the American people, foundation and corporate supporters, we know our mission is achievable.
Why are we doing this? Because it’s the right thing to do.
The mission of Final Salute Inc. is to provide homeless women Veterans with safe and suitable housing.
Final Salute Inc. is taking a three-pronged approach to addressing the issues associated with the homelessness of women Veterans: Awareness. Assistance. Aspiration.
Awareness: Bringing attention to the American people that homelessness among women Veterans is on the rise and their support needs are immediate.
Assistance: Providing housing/supportive services to homeless women Veterans and aiding in the prevention of homelessness for at-risk women Veterans.
Aspiration: Instilling in women Veterans that their situations are temporary and their goals are still achievable.
About The Founder:
Jas Boothe is a Chicago Native, Disabled Army Veteran, Cancer Survivor, and Author who gave 15 years of service to this great nation.
She deployed during the Operation Iraq Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom campaigns and her military career has been dedicated to working with and advocating for Soldiers and their family members.
In 2005, she was a single parent in the Army Reserves living in New Orleans. That spring, she learned she would soon be deploying to Iraq. During her mobilization, Boothe’s life was torn apart by two significant events. In August she lost everything she owned due to Hurricane Katrina. She tried to shift her focus to her platoon that was counting on her for leadership through the deployment. The very next month in September, she received a devastating diagnosis of an aggressive head, neck, and throat cancer, and was now unable to deploy.
Her many Accalades include:
Oprah Winfrey and Toyota Standing Ovation
People Magazine Hero Among Us
Department of Defense Spirit of Hope Award
Unstoppable Mom – Live with Kelly and Michael
YWCA Woman of Distinction
Influential Woman of the Year- Virginia Lawyers Media
Woman of the Year – Zeta Phi Beta Sorority (Nu Xi Zeta Chapter)
First Lady of Virginia’s FLITE Award – Opportunity Hall of Fame Inductee
Dunkin Donuts Community Hero
Woman of the Year (non-profit/government) – Stevie Awards for Women in Business
Event of the Year (Ms Veteran America) – Stevie Awards for Women in Business
Distinguished Service Award – University of the District of Columbia
Toyota Tribute to Working Women Honoree
Woman of Distinction – National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL-Women)
Who’s Who in Black DC Honoree
Newman’s Own Top Awardee
Soroptimist Ruby Award for Women Helping Women
National Coalition of Homeless Veterans Unsung Hero
Dulles Regional Chamber Small Non-Profit of the Year
Smart CEO Leaders We Admire
Community Civility Star Award
Fairfax County Board of Directors Certificate of Recognition
Leadership Fairfax Non-Profit Leadership Award
For more information about sponsorship, donations and supporting our cause click here.