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Sevrine Banks at the Women Veterans One Stop Office building in Sacramento. She says once you’re out of the mil- itary, where there is a natural sense of community, it can be challenging to connect with others. “Now women are able to connect to the WVA community and we are changing women’s lives by helping them get connected to their VA benefits and so much more.” The partnership with the Women’s Business Center, Washington says, adds additional quality professional services and programs to help veterans and their families. “Women Veterans have been underserved and unrecognized in the community for so long,” Washington says. “This is filling that need in the right way.” The depth and breadth of the var- ious programs offered for veterans through the two organizations’ part- nership is expected to expand over time with plans of continuing its oth- er resources like Women Veterans Ex- change, the first online directory for women veteran-owned businesses. “It is such an important community,” Lowe Muramoto says, “and it is one of our deepest commitments to do everything we can to serve those who have served and protected all of us.” n benefits to advance veterans educa- tion or purchase of a home, financial counseling and credit repair, and a wide array of counseling to meet their personal needs.” Melissa Washington, founder of the Women Veterans Alliance and a Navy veteran, started the organization out of the need for a local women veterans networking resource. “My intent was for it to be a local community group of women veterans. It has become great- er than that,” Washington says. “We are empowering women that have served or [are] currently serving through net- working, career and professional devel- opment and mentorship. What I have found that is even stronger is that we are bringing [them to a] community.” Cherise Henry is a freelance writer, editor and journalist based in Folsom. Read more at On Twitter @cherisehenry. | 2017 CAPITAL REGION CARES 133