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n Success story Threads of Honor BY Cherise Henry PHOTOGRAPH BY Ken James S TWO LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS JOIN FORCES TO EMPOWER THE WOMEN VETERANS COMMUNITY 132 CAPITAL REGION CARES 2017 | evrine Banks served in the U.S. Army for 20 years, re- tiring as a Sergeant First Class. Once retired though, she missed the close-knit community that the military brought her, so she became a mem- ber of the new and local Sacramento chapter of Women Veterans Alliance, a professional organization dedicated to impacting and empowering the lives of women veterans. Today, Retired Ser- geant First Class Banks serves as the Sacramento chapter director for WVA. “The organization has supported me emotionally, knowing I have some- where to go for anything,” Banks says, adding that through the organization’s in-depth partnership with the Califor- nia Capital Women’s Business Center, she has attended educational class- es to pursue her own business ideas along with having a mentor take her under their wing for guidance. The California Capital Women’s Business Center is a nonprofit orga- nization that provides programs and services to small businesses through- out the state. In collaboration with the Women Veterans Alliance, the Women Veterans One-Stop Resource Center was created to specifically address the needs of women veterans, their spous- es and families. “Veterans routinely call in for some type of assistance, and we will match them with the appropriate resources or service,” says Deborah Lowe Muramoto, director of the Wom- en’s Business Center. “Melissa Wash- ington [Women Veterans Alliance] has formed an amazing collaborative of resource partners who stand ready to provide assistance on accessing VA