Page 15 - Fall 2013 Issue
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HMM: What made you decide to be what you have chosen as a profession today? Who were some of your earliest influences?
GM: I decided to form a nonprofit organization to support women veterans because of my own personal struggles with homelessness. Unfortunately, I did not transition well out of the military and found myself homeless with my husband a disabled veteran and our son, 3 years after getting out the military.
HMM: How hard was it breaking into the business? We hear stories all the time of people who try for years and never make it, and then other stories of overnight "in the right place at the right time" sensations. Which one do you think there's more of? Those who pay their dues, or opportunity meeting preparation?
GM: I can only speak for myself in saying that I have most certainly put my time in but there have been times that I was at the right place at the right time. Opportunity meeting preparation has also worked for me; I am always preparing for the next level and should the opportunity arise it makes for a perfect match.
       HMM: What is it about this that makes you do what you do?
GM: After experiencing what it is like to be a homeless women veteran and the anguish, embarrassment, isolation and depression that comes with it, I wanted to make sure that other women veterans would not have to suffer the same way. So for me it’s that simple, I am giving women veterans what I didn’t have.
HMM: What is your definition of peace? What is your definition of success?
GM: Peace to me means that everything is good between me and God and my family after that everything else falls into place. Success to me is accomplishing goals no matter how big or how small.
“My work is done from the heart! I want to leave a legacy of being a woman veteran who empowered, supported and assisted women veterans all over the world.”
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