MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) — An organization focused on female veterans held its first fundraiser Saturday to bring the community together and raise awareness of the nonprofit.
She’s the Veteran was started in 2020 by Army veteran and founder Brooke Jackson Kahn. She wanted to give female veterans a place to find mental health resources and a community that understands each other.
“It was really important to me to reach out to this underserved population and do something for them,” Kahn said.
There are over 45,000 female veterans in the state of South Carolina, and they estimate as many as 15,000 are in Charleston County alone. The organization has already served 500 female veterans this year and hopes to serve 1,500 next year.
Active duty women are also welcome to join, not just veterans. Kahn said it’s not about waiting for your service to end for help.
“Everybody just shocked, number one, that there weren’t more resources for them in this state and in this area of Charleston,” Kahn said. “People have been surprised at how many female veterans need something like this and the lack of resources and community they can connect to.
Angie Powers still serves in the Army Reserve and joined She’s the Veteran when the organization began. She explained how female veterans often feel invisible in the community.
“It gives us time to honor our service,” Powers said. “We have risen and served our country and just being able to come together and share these experiences is very unique for a female veteran. It meant so much and watching this organization grow and participate in events; it’s probably one of the most rewarding things I’ve done in my life.
She’s the Veteran meets virtually once a month and meets monthly for a skill-based activity.
“Everything is a little different every month, but they have the chance to tune in to events specifically for female veterans, without spouses or children,” Kahn said. “It really gives them a chance to take that sanity break, tip their hats and enjoy their time there.”
The nonprofit held a Touch-A-Truck and Firefighter Chili Cookout fundraiser Saturday at Moultrie Middle School, where military and law enforcement vehicles were parked for children to explore. Kahn said the goal of the fundraiser was to bring a new event to the area as well as raise money for the organization.
To learn more about the nonprofit, donate or join, visit shestheveteran.org.
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