History Timeline

         

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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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  • "There are few things stronger than an army of mot "There are few things stronger than an army of mothers working together, right? The San Diego-based Foundation for Women Warriors is proving that. 

The nonprofit, which was established in 1920, is dedicated to honoring and empowering the female veteran community by supporting more than 1,100 women and children each year. For the month of May, the nonprofit is collecting essential goods such as hygiene supplies, strollers, car seats and baby blankets to support the mothers they serve."

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    Last week, a group of proud women gathered in fron Last week, a group of proud women gathered in front of the historic 4th Battalion on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island to unearth a time capsule that had been buried 10 years earlier, and to celebrate the persevering service of women in the Marine Corps.

“I hope we continue to tell the stories to the future generation of Marines...I have a lot of confidence in that passing of history and legacy. Integration is a part of the history, it is now a part of the story.

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    "The Senate voted unanimously late Wednesday to co "The Senate voted unanimously late Wednesday to confirm Adm. Linda Fagan as the next commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, the first woman ever to lead a military service.

Fagan is slated to take the helm of the service June 1 in a ceremony at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C."

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Adam is a cybersecurity and data privacy leader who heads Socium Security’s consulting practice. He has extensive experience as a fractional Chief Information Security Officer serving clients in government, military, healthcare, tech startups, and market research. 

Prior to leading Socium Security, he held positions managing professional and managed services operations in widely recognized cybersecurity consulting firms, leading major cybersecurity incident response engagements, and supporting the military as a defense contractor. 

Adam is a Marine Corps Combat Veteran who served in various theatres throughout his five years of service. He holds a B.S. in Administration of Justice from Park University with a focus in anti-terrorism. 

To learn more:
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