Jaspen Boothe was about to be deployed to Iraq in 2005 but was medically discharged from the Army when she was diagnosed with cancer. To make things worse, she lost everything in Hurricane Katrina and was left homeless.
Boothe was shocked that while she felt male veterans have many services available to them, there were no programs for female veterans with children.
“It didn’t seem fair,” she said. “We’ve given just as much as our brothers and when we come back home and need that support, Americans should be just as willing to give us that support.”
Boothe eventually joined the Army National Guard. After her experience, she is determined to help homeless female veterans with her non-profit called “Final Salute,” which now has three transitional homes. It’s the only non-profit like it in the D.C. area.
“Final Salute” has helped nearly 200 women and families, but Boothe says that in some ways, she is merely putting a Band-Aid on a nationwide issue.
The non-profit is hosting “Stand Up for Women Vets” on May 10 to offer clothing, makeovers, and pampering for female veterans.