According to Volunteer Fairfax, there are an estimated 13,000 homeless female veterans in the United States. The organization recruited service members and their spouses to help ready a home, near the Huntington Metro Station, where six veterans will live.
“The impact of this project is huge and is ongoing,” said Volunteer Fairfax spokeswoman Jessica Hubbard in a statement. “With the anniversary of 9/11 tomorrow, this is a great example of how to serve in remembrance.”
This service project was the launch of Volunteer Fairfax’s newest program, Stars, Stripes & Service. The program aims to serve and engage local veterans, service members and their families.
The service project took place at a recently acquired home. Starting on Saturday, volunteers began to ready the house for the opening, scheduled in November. Their work included landscaping for the front of the house and painting the trim on the walls on two floors.
Final Salute provides homeless women veterans and their children with a place to live until they are able to get back on their feet. Along with giving them a home, Final Salute also works with female veterans in establishing her plan towards independence.
Information for service members, veterans, and families on volunteering opportunities, support programs, opportunities for leadership, and social events is available here.