Alexandria, VA - Retired army veteran Jas Boothe is on a mission. She has launched a mission to alleviate homelessness amongst female veterans through her organization Final Salute. Boothe got the inspiration to start Final Salute when she found herself in a precarious position. She left the Army when she got diagnosed with cancer and moved to New Orleans. She survived Hurricane Katrina but became homeless in the aftermath. During her homelessness, Booth realized the tremendous need affecting homeless veteran women and their children.
In Alexandria, Final Salute celebrated the ribbon cutting of a homeless shelter, designed to accommodate ten families. Quianna Rodriguez, the first veteran cleared to move in with her three children says, she is moved to see so many people pooling their resources to make this new shelter possible. She says she is inspired to pay it forward saying, "...being able to give back as well, to participate in the different events they have and volunteer."
Final Salute partnered with Home Aid of Northern Virginia, giving access to a list of contractors and suppliers who provided in kind services worth over $650,000.00. A community effort that Boothe says has been crucial in making this project possible.
Jas Boothe says she is looking forward for her organization to go out of business, where her services providing shelters for homeless veteran women are no longer needed.