March 4, 2015
March is Women’s History Month, which is when we commemorate the contributions of women to society. It is therefore fitting that the Ford Motor Company and National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. would choose this month to support women veterans transitioning from military to civilian life.
Ford announced yesterday that they are partnering with the NVTSI on a free, three-week workshop designed specifically for women veterans seeking to reassimilate back into civilian life. The Freedom’s Sisters REBOOT Workshop will feature courses on personal effectiveness and wellbeing, employment, career and education, as well as a host of related women veterans’ issues.
Up to 25 women veterans in the Los Angeles area are slated to enroll in the workshop, which will run from March 9-27 on the National University campus. According to Maurice Wilson, co-founder of Freedom Sister’s REBOOT and a retired Navy Master Chief Petty Officer, the workshop fulfills an important role in the lives of women veterans.
“We designed this program to meet the unique needs of women, and the training builds upon the participants’ military training, skills and experience,” said Wilson. “The workshop addresses the professional, social and personal aspects of life, along with connections to community resources that could also be of help.”
Female veterans transitioning to civilian life often contend with challenges not experienced by their male counterparts, according to a September 2014 report from Disabled American Veterans. On the whole, they are less likely to be married and more likely to be single parents and unemployed.
In addition, female vets face higher rates of homelessness and often do not receive proper medical care from a veterans system that is still catching up where women’s health is concerned. Women currently comprise 9 percent of the veteran population and that number is only expected to rise in the coming years.
“These brave women have served and sacrificed to defend our freedom, and yet there are few programs that address their unique needs as they return to the home front and to their families,” said Pamela Alexander, director of Community Development, Ford Motor Company Fund. “It’s another opportunity to say thank you, while also helping them make a successful transition.”
At Elk Grove Ford, we also salute our troops and hope for their safe return home. It would be an honor to earn their business, just as we are honored to earn the business of our Elk Grove, Folsom and Sacramento, CA area customers. Inquire with our Finance Department regarding special deals and rebates that may be available. Thank you for choosing Elk Grove Ford!