Jas' Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Operation Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Washington, DC

JAS BOOTHE

Founder
Final Salute

“We live in one of the greatest countries in the world because we don’t have to ask permission to make a difference.”

INTERESTS:

Non-Profit Organizations Armed Services

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Dedication Opportunity Support & Encouragement Struggle Community Inspiration Courage Individualism Self-Reflection Fear Experience Pride Negativity Societal Pressures

FOUNDATION:

Upholding a Cause and Belief

TAGS:

asking for help, being yourself, biased, friendship, gender, helping others, homeless, military, motivation, nonprofit, organization, problem solver, problem solving, recognition, role models, television, veterans, women

BIOGRAPHY:

  • As a single mother, she enlisted in the Army Reserves to build a better life for her and her son.
  • Within the span of one year, she was mobilized to deploy to Iraq, lost her New Orleans home to Hurricane Katrina, and was diagnosed with cancer.
  • Once they found out that her form of cancer was aggressive, the military decided that she would no longer deploy to Iraq.
  • She didn’t want to scare her son, so she decided to undergo cancer treatment on her own, leading him to believe she had still gone overseas.
  • After she went into remission, she was left unemployed; facing homelessness, she asked the military for help, and they advised her to apply for welfare.
  • Since she’d been left without any solutions, she assumed her situation was unique; however, once she looked into the issue, she found tens of thousands of women veterans had also been left homeless.
  • Since she’d taken an oath never to leave a fallen comrade behind, she felt the need to help her fellow female vets.
  • She founded Final Salute, which has provided over 10,000 days of housing to homeless women veterans and their children.

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