What People Are Saying
A Note From Karen
Here I am again on another assignment that I volunteered for, a 53 year old mother of 3 adult children and Nana to 4 grandchildren. I arrived here at Camp Eggers, Afghanistan in May of 2010 dressed in my ACU's, a Kevlar (helmet), IOTV (bullet proof vest), my 9M on my hip and rucksack on my back, to a small FOB (Forward Operating Base) near the city of Kabul.
Linda, I want to thank you for giving me what you have with The Real Cougar Woman blog. I think without it, a lot of women here wouldn't be where they are today.
The "shining service bracelets" are a blessing. They have brought so many women together, not for a cause, but for women period.
The men love them too. One of my very close male friends here SFC Michael Jones asked me if they were just for us girls . When I asked him why he began to tell me about his wife Gloria who has kept his home fires burning during his years of service which is approaching 20. They She has supported all of his decisions regarding the military. She has loved him unconditionally even when things were tough after he came back from his deployments. I gave him a bracelet to send home because I knew she was one of us – a strong cougar.
We are so blessed to have family and friends like you. You do realize that you are part of our family don't you. Something will be on its way to you come tomorrow. Enjoy it as we have the items that you have sent to us and the web site we have enjoyed.
I have finished reading your book and god it really empowered me to take a step back and look at my life. Where do I go from here, is what keeps going through my mind. I feel your 5 -Carat Empowerment Program would be a great help for all women coming home as there really isn't a lot of prep offered to us. As for health & beauty we have just come from a country that makes us a hot mess, some soldiers have lost their relationships or marriages because of a deployment Financially, there is nobody to assist during the deployment or after to how to properly set our money to good use .There is definitely a need for spirituality for all of us when we come back as things are completely unsettled. I look forward to working with you when I get back.
An Important Message
While Michelle Obama is talking about supporting military families. I have already started my initiative to support women in the military. The “Combat Cougar Bracelet™" is the first step in The Real Cougar Woman initiative to support women in the military. Once we are aware of the problems these women face then we can do something to help them overcome the many challenges.
I am talking to several organizations who want to work with me in developing 5-Carat programs to help the Combat Cougars re-acclimate into society. Some of the targeted areas we are exploring are improving health, finances, job skills and relationships. As our First Lady can attest "service women get little recognition for their strength"– I want to change that. Helping military women and their families is essential and it is our duty as Americans".
I was honored in December to receive a citation for my grassroots efforts!
Our Shining Service Worldwide TM Survey
This survey is to gather information to help you. We want to know your 5 top concerns as a woman in the military, or as a military spouse. As women, too often what we want or what we need falls on deaf ears. At The Real Cougar Woman that won’t happen. I want to give you this opportunity to open up and tell us what's on your mind without fear of being criticized or judged. As a strong community we will join together to help each other, teach each other and support each other. If you feel more comfortable remaining anonymous that’s okay – you can use an alias. This survey is just a first step but a very important one. Thank you so much for your participation.
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