The National Resource Society for Women Veterans, Inc. is a national membership based organized independent 501(c) (3) with a mission to enhance and develop careers of women veterans with support, mentoring and the tools needed to empower them to achieve in life.
Why do we exist?
Many of the military veterans (particularly women veterans), are struggling to make ends meet, and provide shelter for their children. This is not a new condition, and not unique in our nation regarding our citizens. However, the distinction arises when we identify that these are women who have served in the armed forces, protecting our nation, and are now facing unemployment due to trauma or hardship. Studies show more veterans are finding it difficult to return home and just fit in society with hopes of forgetting previous experiences of rape, violence, depression, injury, overcoming health issues or incarceration while serving abroad or stateside. On any given night the national point-in-time (PIT) count identified 67,495 homeless veterans. The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) revealed that “although national homelessness has reduced 11% over the course of a year; homeless individuals are still unemployed, unable to work, or have such low incomes that they cannot afford housing.” Thus, it is important that as a nation, we who are familiar with the veteran lifestyle provide our support to assist our country’s heroes in need. In January 2012, The National Alliance to End Homelessness stated “military veterans are homeless at a higher rate than other groups, and estimated that there are 50,000 homeless women veterans in the United States.” It was also noted that “veterans in poverty have the highest chance of experiencing homelessness of any group, with odds estimated to be 1 in 10” NRSWV Inc. feels this is unacceptable.
To empower women veterans with the support, education, tools and opportunities they need to develop successful careers.
NRSW, Inc. is to provide therapeutic outings for women veterans, to offer opportunities for development of thought provoking decisions, to lead women to positive transformative choices, to give a sense of freedom, to enable women veterans to live with less stress, and help women veterans create balance in their lifestyle. Ultimately, through these processes her life visions change from undefined, defined, to destiny.
The Leadership Team
Wanda M. Petty
BSOM, GCDF, CVDC
After sustaining injuries during her 21 years of service in the United States Army, Sergeant First Class Wanda M. Petty spent 3 years as a wounded warrior at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Along with many other veteran women, she was processed out of the military due to circumstances beyond her control.
Although, Wanda had a plan B. After many years of service, like many women in the military, her future was now uncertain, and the skills and training she gained seemed of no use outside of the military. In many cases, they actually are.
In fact, transitioning out of the military was anything but easy for Wanda; there was a lot more dark than light, including depression and thoughts of suicide stemming from a loss of control and independence, and financial stress from the loss of career and stable income. Many veteran women lose their homes – currently, it is estimated there are as many as 50,000 homeless female veterans.
Wanda knew there had to be another way, so she set out to make a change for women returning home from the military services by bridging the gap in advocacy and available resources for veteran women.
In 2009, she founded The National Resource Society for Women Veterans, Inc. headquartered in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area, to help veteran women and women of veteran families lead inspired lives after military service.
MPH, BSN, BSHS, RN
Victoria Buggs has over 19 years of experience in teaching, training, customer service, and leading. She is a Certified CPR instructor and has been certified for over 17 years. Victoria received her license as registered nurse in 2009. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Trident University, Bachelors in Nursing from Howard University, and a Bachelors of Health Science as a Health Educator from Tourou University International. Currently, Victoria is a Doctoral candidate at Grand Canyon University studying Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Behavior.
Director of Career Development
CERTIFIED CAREER/LIFE COACH
Must have experience in Employment Relations, Training, Education and Human Resource Management.
Director of Marketing
Kelvin Otis, an Air Force veteran, delivers a strong work ethic along with management and leadership skills that range from the USAF to his present role as an Independent Copywriter and Web Content Strategist. He specializes in blogging, article writing, digital marketing research, social media; and developing conversion-driven content for websites, microsites and landing page initiatives.
MBA, Master Fitness Trainer, Wellness Coach
John Petty has over 25 years of logistics, acquisitions, project management, sales and recruiting experience. John is the President and CEO of JP Fitness, and maintains his Health and Wellness Coach Certification. He is a retired SR. Logistics Engineer from the U.S. Army.