Final Salute Inc.
Each issue in this section, the editorial staff of Military Embedded Systems will highlight a different charity that benefits military veterans and their families. We are honored to cover the technology that protects those who protect us every day. To back that up, our parent company – OpenSystems Media – will make a donation to every charity we showcase on this page.
This issue we are highlighting Final Salute Inc., a nonprofit organization founded in November 2010 by Army veteran Jas Boothe. Following mobilization, diagnosis of a life-threatening illness, and loss of home and property to Hurricane Katrina, Boothe was informed that there were no existing programs for female veterans. She realized that the U.S. largely failed to recognize female veterans, particularly those who had young children. Following treatment, relocation, and reemployment, Boothe undertook a mission to ensure that her fellow sister veterans had a resource to access in their time of need.
Final Salute administers a program called Housing Outreach Mentorship Encouragement (H.O.M.E), which provides transitional housing, on-site case management, food, clothing, transportation, child care subsidy/assistance, employment support, and other essential supportive services to homeless female veterans and their children. Participants in the H.O.M.E. program also take advantage of Savings Assessment and Financial Education (S.A.F.E), which aims to prevent homelessness by easing financial hardships; S.A.F.E. provides the veterans with education on saving, budgeting, and living on a fixed income. It also assists with emergency financial support. Final Salute’s “Next Uniform” plan helps female veterans and other military women in transition to civilian life and work with professional business attire, image consulting, career advice, and networking.
While it is based in the Washington, D.C. metro area, Final Salute has helped female veterans and their children in more than 30 U.S. states and territories to date.
For more information on Final Salute Inc., please visit www.finalsaluteinc.org.