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EP5: One Savvy Veteran Meosha Thomas Tells Story of Service, In Uniform & Beyond

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I am a single mother of 2 daughters (12 and 3) trying to make a positive impact and difference in this world while raising my daughters to do the same. I served 10 years active duty in the United States Navy before I was injured supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. I was honorably discharged and retired from military service due to my extensive injuries and sent home in 2010. When I returned home, it was hard to find a place that had all the information I needed to help me transition from military service to civilian life. The few organizations I did find gave inaccurate information. It was a very frustrating and lonely time in my life. In the military, we are a part of a team with a purpose. I was isolated and missed the camaraderie that comes with the sisterhood of military service. I also noticed that as few services as there were for veterans, there was even FEWER services for women veterans. My mother instilled in me that “if you are not a part of the solution, then you are a part of the problem.” I wanted to create an organization that I did not have when I got out of the military. An organization that encouraged, educated and empowered women veterans helping them successfully navigate from military service to civilian life. One Savvy Veteran is a source of support, assistance, resources and camaraderie for women veterans. So, I left my prestigious job and created a solution like my mother taught me and the military trained me.

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