Raise the voice of women veterans.
To empower women military service members and veterans with the resources needed to positively impact their families and civilian communities through beneficial, practical, and relevant programs.
Zahara Veterans Network, Inc. is on a mission to radically change the way America cares for women veterans by making the right resources, programs, and support more readily available. We seek to restore dignity and stability to homeless veterans by innovating the traditional shelter programs to adapt to individual veteran’s needs.
The “old post” watering hole model will be transformed into innovative command centers for employment training, entrepreneurial classes, technology hubs and child care for veterans to transition into the next phase of their careers.
We are replacing the chapter model of veteran organizations with delegate membership in a national organization that empowers veterans to represent the community at both local and state level functions. Areas with significant growth and active participation will qualify as additional Zahara Veteran Village locations.
Visions have been reserved for the future; Zahara Veterans Network, Inc. is in operation, because the future is now.
Understanding Our Passion for Women Veterans
Zahara Veterans Network, Inc. founder, Hellena Pugh, served in the United States Marine Corps as an officer from 2008-2012. During her transition out of the military, the necessary resources and information on programs and services for veterans, particularly women, were difficult to find and even harder to qualify for. The added confusion of navigating the conversion of TRICARE transition assistance management program health coverage (TAMP) to the department of veterans affairs health care system while recovering from multiple foot surgeries was challenging. Hellena saw a clear gap in the available resources and relevant information delivered to veterans.
Additionally, she noticed a disturbing trend of organizations using federally awarded funds to create sectors of veterans they deemed qualified for the receipt of specific programs and services. These programs often stated “combat related” service was a requirement, but women veterans had just recently received the right to qualify for combat military occupational specialties, even women who served in combat zones lacked the service notation on their military service records to prove it.
The Zahara Veterans Network, Inc. Difference
The last fifteen years have seen many organizations come into existence under the guise of helping America’s veterans in need. Yet later they are revealed to have fostered instances of abuse, fraud and financial waste. The abuse of the term “veteran” has become so prevalent, it is indicative of the increases in both veteran homelessness and national suicide rate.
Zahara Veterans Network, Inc. was established directly from the experience of its founder and her own struggles in transitioning out of the military, her near brush with homelessness, and finding the path to finding the resources every veteran deserves to have access to.
Our goal is to provide every veteran with the opportunity to own their situation. Dreams are given as goals to work towards, not fantasies that fall into laps.
Veterans and supporters, help us empower each other today.