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Volunteer Spotlight: Jennifer Givens

What compelled you to support FFWW?

“I chose to support Foundation for Women Warriors because they are my sisters. As a female veteran it is my first mission to help my sisters out when there are not enough resources to help them once they separate from the military. It is important to know and see other female veterans who made the transition successfully and have a network of friends who understand everything you are going through. I wanted to be part of the community and do something to continue to serve, what better than joining a foundation whose mission it is do just that.  Foundation for Woman Warriors doesn’t just provided services for female veterans, they give them a place to belong and I feel at home with them. It is my hope to help other veterans feel the same.” – Jennifer Givens

Jennifer is a Navy veteran, Navy Spouse, Mother of two, Life Style Blogger, and recently accepted a position as a legal researcher and writer for an immigration law firm. Jennifer received her degree in Communications from University of San Diego, and has become a vital member our Foundation for Women Warriors team!  She has raised awareness through multiple podcasts and social media, stewarded financial contributions in support of women veterans, and has shared her transition experience as a Connect with Community panelist.  Jennifer has also donated her time to help women veterans find business attire at Operation Dress Code. You can listen to her review of Hallmark’s A Veteran’s Christmas. We are beyond grateful to count Jennifer among our Warrior tribe.

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