Challenge America, in collaboration with Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and WINC: For All Women Veterans, announced the launch of a free, social platform designed to connect women Veterans to VA and other resources, like peer-to-peer support, online courses and in-person events across the country.
The Military Sisterhood Initiative (MSI) launches on Tuesday, Feb. 18.
The unique challenges women face during their military service can greatly complicate their transition to civilian life and make them feel isolated and invisible even among the Veteran community. “MSI is a safe place for women Veterans to connect with each other and to reclaim a sense of purpose and belonging in a community of military sisters,” explains Maggie Tolan, Program Director of Challenge America.
“The goal of MSI is to create a network of women Veterans and resources that can help fill the gaps that so many of our sisters in the military are experiencing,” said Zaneta Adams, co-founder of MSI, WINC: For All Women Veterans and the Director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. “We also want to provide an opportunity for women Veterans to come together to advocate for improvements in their community.”
Led by Challenge America, MSI was designed by and for military women, starting with an all-women Veteran summit held in Snowmass, Colo., in December 2017.
As part of its fall 2019 Challenge America: Makers For Veterans (CAMVETS) program, Challenge America partnered with Acumen Solutions, a global consultancy in cloud technology, to field a team of software consultants to design the MSI community platform. The result is a platform unlike any other: a private network that supports social media-style posts, online courses and webinars, event calendars, blog posts, direct messaging, virtual peer support circles, and sub-groups by location and branch of service.
In the MSI Community, members will be able to:
- Create a profile and connect with other military sisters near them or across the country to build one-on-one relationships.
- Ask for help when they need it and offer support to their sisters in need.
- Engage in discussions around different monthly topics and weekly challenges.
- Post and find events, resources and stories relevant to women Veteran growth and empowerment.
Women Veterans can join MSI today by visiting www.militarysisterhoodinitiative.org and clicking “Request to Join.” They will be welcomed into the network when it goes live February 18th.