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Michigan military veteran creates monthly subscription box for women

Michigan military veteran creates monthly subscription box for women


and it’s okay to be vulnerable and strong at the same time it started as an idea to give support and encouragement and has turned into so much more Mozilla is a new initiative first started to target female veterans police officers and firefighters those are Karen drew explains it has now become a movement for women to support women this story is a timely one considering we were just recognizing Veterans Day this past weekend many may not realize the suicide rate for female veterans is double that of a civilian woman 42 percent of female veterans say they do not feel respected and valued well now one local female veteran is trying to change that somebody can like pre-cut those 35 year old Shelley rude served 16 years in the military still works as an intelligence professional but what she’s doing right here inside her house is what she’s really proud of it helps you feel like you’re not alone in the in the community that we live in whether you’re a veteran or a police officer we’re used to being the only woman in the room Shelley and her team are assembling a box of all different items geared for women but it’s so much more we have a all-natural Rose glow facial oil this one is a tactical pen so it has a light on it and then this little crown is actually useful sorry a Jaclyn as a self defense item or it’s actually a glass breaker the Mesilla box also contains something very special this insert which highlights a local woman who is a veteran a police officer a firefighter it was kind of touching because I have never really been recognized before for for being a police officer Jacqueline Fernandez was featured in October she’s a former Detroit and Warren police officer currently on the Metro Park Police Department I saw a lot of things that most humans don’t have to see things that people don’t have to deal with every Miceli a box comes with the feature story of one of our members and she’s incredible some of them are sexual assault victims during their time in the military some of them you know have been in gun fights I think when you’re a woman in uniform and while you’re surveying you really isolate yourself that’s ingrained into you that to think that you have to blend into your environment Kate Logan’s served for 12 years including time in Baghdad and Iraq making sisterly bonds with other female soldiers just didn’t happen we’re almost pitted against each other when you are one of the only women you think that there’s less opportunity for you the basilia box is changing that because when a woman receives it opens the box she’s also welcomed into a community of women like her community with a subscription box and we all get together every once in a while and then there is also an online Facebook group once these boxes started getting mailed out something unexpected happened women who didn’t have military or police background wanted to join this community as well it’s pretty cool group that’s women it’s women’s empowerment I loved her instantly and I wanted to be a part of it and the same thing with her was she seen the products I was doing and she saw that I created them for my family she wanted my products to be a part of the box so what Shelly starts this new subscription box business she’s found an army of volunteers so what’s next there’s lots more boxes lots more subscribers and lots more stories to celebrate the subscription box will cost you $30 a month different items and different women featured each month Shelley is hoping people will consider the box as a Christmas gift I posted the link on our website on our defenders page seemed fitting as so many of these women featured defended our country Karen drew local for defenders really interesting to hear those veteran women talking about even when they were among other women feeling very alone yeah that’s something that we don’t hear that discussed very much but it’s certainly very interesting and we appreciate their service as well


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