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1920
June 1

California Soldiers Widow’s Home Association

1 June 1920 – 1 Jan 1976

The McElroys donated an acre of land near the newly built West Los Angeles VA. They saw an overwhelming need to help the mothers and widows of soldiers lost in the Spanish American War and World War I. Through teas and dinners, they raised funds to build 5 bungalows and operated as California Soldiers Widow’s Home Association.

1976
January 1

Change in Leadership

1 Jan 1976 1 – Jan 2002

The McElroys and their friends operated the facility until 1976, when they turned to Pat DeMond for help. Pat took over management of the property, created a board, and hired Bob Long as the Executive Director. Together, Pat and Bob ran the organization consistent with their WWII values: independence, dignity and love of country.

2002
January 1

Service to Women Veterans

1 Jan 2002 – 1 Jan 2005

2002 Ranlyn Tilley Hill served as the second Executive Director. Under the guidance of the Executive Director and the committed Board, its programs were expanded. Their vision was to build sustainable, impactful programs in support of military women (both veterans and widows).

2005
January 1

Birth of Military Women In Need

1 Jan 2005 – 1 Jan 2010

2005 The organization changed its name to Military Women In Need Foundation. From the foundation was born a public charity, Military Women In Need. MWIN (charity) ran five core programs (Home Visits, Resource/Referral & Advocacy, Emergency Subsidies, Housing Subsidies, and Care Club). MWIN served (and continues to serve) female veterans and survivors of veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and Gulf War.

2010
January 1

Program Growth

1 Jan 2010 – 1 Jan 2015

2010 MWIN shifted its program focus from longterm housing subsidies to short-term, high-impact emergency subsidies which resulted in dramatic program growth. MWIN dropped its age requirement and served individuals of all ages including women veterans and survivors with minor dependent children. MWIN began serving female veterans and survivors of veterans from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).

2015
May 1

Inaugural Warrior Awards

1 May 2015

2015 MWIN presented its inaugural Warrior Award for Excellence in Leadership to Lt. Commander Boyden Rohner (Head of Cyber Security for Homeland Security) and Warrior Award for Excellence in Media to Film Producer, Amy Ziering (Academy Award nominate producer of The Invisible War and two time Emmy Winner). The Pat De Mond Award went to LA County Commissioner Jaclyn Tilley Hill for her long time commitment to Military Women In Need.

2016
March 1

Childcare Project with UCLA & STAR Education

1 Mar 2016

2016 MWIN launched a childcare project with funds from the UCLA Foundation. In collaboration with UCLA Foundation, UCLA Philanthropy as Civic Engagement Program, and STAR Education, children of veterans attended summer day camps throughout Los Angeles Unified School District at dramatically reduced costs. MWIN also provided childcare stipends for children of women veterans between ages 0-5 yrs old.

August 23

Leadership Change

23 Aug 2016

MWIN hired its first full time paid Executive Director, Jodie Grenier. Jodie is a Marine OIF Veteran.

November 11

Foundation For Women Warriors

11 Nov 2016

Military Women In Need changes its name to Foundation For Women Warriors in an effort to empower the women veteran community.

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  • With a malfunctioning 30mm Gatling gun, landing ge With a malfunctioning 30mm Gatling gun, landing gear that wouldn’t deploy and a cockpit canopy that fell off in flight, Air Force Capt. Taylor Bye managed to safely land the aircraft with minimal damage to the runway or the plane, earning her the Air Combat Command’s Airmanship Award.

https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2021/05/12/a-10-pilot-honored-for-landing-her-warthog-without-working-landing-gear-cockpit-canopy/
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    The Navy has quietly issued the first maternity fl The Navy has quietly issued the first maternity flight suit as part of an early distribution program.

"A single adjustable flight suit can expand across multiple trimesters depending on each pregnancy, saving pregnant aircrew the added expense associated with purchasing multiple flight suits...The expandable side panels allow aircrew to wear their usual length arms and hems, decreasing the risk of safety hazards."

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/06/05/navy-quietly-rolls-out-first-maternity-flight-suits.html
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    Happy 246th Birthday to the U.S. Army! . . . . #US Happy 246th Birthday to the U.S. Army!
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    "The Air Force said Friday that it is revising its "The Air Force said Friday that it is revising its new, looser regulations governing how female airmen may wear their hair after getting feedback from women in the field."

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    Today, marks the 73rd Anniversary of President Tru Today, marks the 73rd Anniversary of President Truman signing the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, enabling women to serve as permanent, regular members of the United States Armed Forces. June 12th is now considered an unofficial Women Veterans Appreciation Day, serving as a reminder that women fought for their right to serve in the United States Military.
 
For years, many women were limited to roles as reservists, volunteers, government employees, or even used alternative methods such as impersonating men to fight for our country. As we reflect on this importance of this day, we are reminded of the nerve and selflessness of the women who blazed the trail so long before our time. Many of the women who served during WWI and WWII were not granted veteran status until long after their service and sadly, many passed before they were officially recognized as veterans. 
 
Every day, we honor those who fought for the right to serve, those who served, and the ones who are currently serving our country.
 
As we continue our vital work to enhance the personal and economic wellbeing of women veterans, we hope you will join us by making a donation in honor of this special anniversary!

All donations up to $15,000 will be matched by a private donor.

https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/honor-their-service
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    A baby shower for you? New and expecting active-du A baby shower for you? New and expecting active-duty and veteran moms are invited to apply to receive baby bundles full of diapers, wipes, bottles, and other baby essentials.

Limited space available. Apply today: 
foundationforwomenwarriors.org/application/
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    This past Memorial Day an event was held in Vetera This past Memorial Day an event was held in Veterans Memorial Park of Collegedale to unveil a life-size bronze sculpture of a female Army nurse. This statue was made to pay tribute to the women that have served in the United States military.

https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2021/may/31/statue-female-army-nurse-unveiled-collegedale/547927/
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    Lt. Col. Amy McGrath, who paved the way as one of Lt. Col. Amy McGrath, who paved the way as one of the first women in the Marine Corps to fly an F/A-18 Hornet into combat, attended a "winging" ceremony for 1st Lt. Brenda McCarthy, possibly the last female F/A-18 Hornet weapons systems officer in the Marine Corps.

"I thought it would be a true inspiration for my sisters who are pretty young, and females in general in the military to see empowering women in aviation, in a men's club, just honoring each other"

The Marine Corps are phasing out the F/A-18 Hornet and are transitioning to the F-35 Lightning II.

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/06/07/marine-corps-has-pinned-wings-one-of-its-last-hornet-fighter-jet-back-seaters.html
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