WELCOME TO MY VETERAN WOMAN LIFE!
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My name is LeeAnn and I am a retired Navy veteran. I created My Veteran Woman life as a means to 1) connect to other veterans (because civilians are weird) and 2) to connect other veterans to the many resources out there. I was medically retired at my 18-year mark and was so completely unprepared for civilian life. During my first year out, I almost became homeless because I couldn’t find a job and had a mortgage to pay. I was also a single parent at that time. Right around the 1-year mark, I lucked into a job with the Texas Veterans Commission helping other veterans find jobs (oh the irony of that!). I ended up having to leave that job due to severe migraines and other medical/mental health issues. Now what? I still have that mortgage to pay!
During the time I spent helping veterans, it was comforting to know that I wasn’t alone in my struggles. With all the resources that I learned about in that job, I decided to continue helping veterans by way of blogging. I troll through a lot of Facebook groups for veterans and other places like that and I’m amazed at all the bad information that is shared so I try to hit on topics that I know are trending or questions that I had during my transition out. I will NEVER post anything that I can’t back up or validate. I work very closely with VA staff and other veteran service and support organizations to ensure the information that I share is spot on.
Around my second year out of the military, I started 501(c)3 non-profit organization specifically for connecting women veterans in my area. Side note – the one biggest piece of advice and can give you (male or female) as a transitioning veteran is to GET CONNECTED TO OTHER VETERANS!! We are conditioned to working as a team and having a “tribe.” Out here, that is lost so you must find it again!
In addition to veteran resources, one thing that is on everyone’s mind is finding ways to save money or make your dollar go a little further. I have mastered the art of saving money. I seriously try to NEVER pay full price for anything! I have taken in 4 very large dogs (Dobermans) and feeding them can break the bank for sure! So as I was working to build up this blog to a profitable business, my only income was my VA check. I often get comments that I don’t appear to be “poor.” Well, that is my goal! So I want to also share my tips on saving money, side hustles (that are legal), and other tips and strategies to make your dollar last just a bit longer.
In case you hadn’t figured it out, I kinda have a thing for Dobies!
I am a Christian with a STRONG faith in Jesus. Living by His word has gotten me through the darkest of times and to where I am today. I hope to impart some of that on to my readers in hopes that those struggling with anything know there is a way out of the darkness.
I hope you find my ramblings helpful. Please comment on any post that you find beneficial and helpful (this also helps boost my Google rankings)! You can also subscribe to the blog so you get my new posts right to your email inbox. I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram so you can follow me there as well. Dang, seems like I’m just trying to get a few stalkers! Also, if there is a topic of interest that I haven’t posted about, please drop me a line and I’ll get to researching and writing. My goal is to help my fellow vets get through their transition to civilian life and to be successful in whatever your next adventures may be! So sit back and enjoy the ride – because things could get a bit crazy!!!
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