'Military women in power' empower female troops

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'Military women in power' empower female troops

by: Kim Suchek | .
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published: March 07, 2014

Hello military community,

I had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful, hardworking and compassionate woman on a mission: Army Sgt. Sandy Rolon (retired). Through her, I learn about the remarkable organization, Military Veteran Women.

She explained in her email how on April 17, 2010 Army Spc. Carmen Rosa Rodriguez, founded Military Veteran Women/Most Valuable Women and began advocating for and reaching out to primarily female veterans and soldiers from a cafeteria table at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the Bronx, NY.

On 15 May 2010, Sgt. Rolon joined her and proposed a name change to Military Women in Power, Ltd. Rolon retired in 2012 with 31 years of military service and 15 years as a military technician for the 800th Military Police Brigade and the additional duty as acting shop steward for the American Federation of Government Employees local 2739. Her last deployment was at Camp Bucca, Theater Internment Facility in Umm Qasr, Iraq from October 2008 to January 2010.

Military Women in Power is an all-female veteran task force helping female soldiers, veterans and their families who are suffering from despondency. They troubleshoot needs and provide immediate emergency assistance. The group advocates on behalf of female soldiers and veterans, providing immediate referrals or representation regarding training programs, housing appointments, employment agents and VA claims applications.

Military Women in Power also provides this advocacy with regard to counseling for military sexual trauma (MST) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anger management, suicide prevention and parenting as well as marriage counseling. It also fosters support and self-sufficiency for single military mothers and healthy family care plans when deployed.

They have adopted a “no female soldier/veteran left behind” attitude. There is no membership fee. However, a “pay-it-forward” commitment requires assistance recipients to provide the same humanitarian service they received from a group advocate to another female soldier or veteran in need. By requiring recipients to act in-turn as advocates, Military Women in Power is building an internal soldier-to-soldier sponsorship program in which female soldiers and vets can lean on each other for support.

Military Women in Power serves mostly veterans and soldiers in the Ney York City area. But by expanding their online connections through various websites and word of mouth, they have been able to provide services to out-of-state military members, too.

It is my pleasure and honor to help spread the word about this wonderful, much-needed organization. If you know a female service member or veteran in need, contact Ms. Rolon at (347) 398-9257 or MilitaryWomenInPower@gmail.com.

Good job ladies. This is a much-needed service you are providing, and I look forward to hearing more about your team in the future.

Blessings from my family to yours,

Kim Suchek

If you have any questions or concerns or would like to share a story or situation, contact me at Kim@MilitaryResourceBooks.com and visit my website at MilitaryResourceBooks.com for updated information and other resources not listed in my book.