Hello fellow FTers,
As some of you know, I've been in the Navy for a long time (almost 23 years). I will retire next year. This request recently came to me from someone who knows much of my attention and resources through the winter goes to raising funds for Children with Cancer UK and the London Marathon (#4 is next April). However, as both a Navy Chief and woman veteran, it would be remiss for me not to highlight this cause to my fellow FTers.
Not sure if anyone has visited the Women in the Military Service for America (WIMSA - LINK
) Memorial when in northern Virginia/DC - I've never gone when in DC but perhaps that was a mistake on my part. A fellow Navy veteran sent this to me over the weekend.
WIMSA has apparently lost its funding and is now fundraising to make up the difference and remain open. Admission remains free and WIMSA relies on donations to continue operating.
The memorial opened its doors in October 1997 and initially, Congress earmarked money for the Women’s Memorial to assist with operating costs, but in 2010 the Congressional funding stopped.
Diligent fundraising by retired Air Force Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught, the first WIMSA Memorial Foundation President, and other Foundation board members have kept the doors open. Sadly, these donations have not been enough. WIMSA is the only national memorial honoring the service of America’s military women and facing closure if not sufficiently supported.
The WIMSA Memorial Foundation has partnered with Academy Women’s Military Women eMentor Community to launch a fundraising campaign that aims to raise $20 for every living woman veteran.
How can you help?
Donate - https://fundrazr.com/SaveTheWomensMemorial
- no amount is too little or too small
Share - facebook, email, Instagram, twitter, etc.
I think of the many occasions I throw down $5 a few times a week on Starbucks or other snacks - I think I can spare $20; I hope others can as well.
Thanks for reading my long post - your support is appreciated!